Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, The Squid and the Whale tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents' divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s.
Iris invites her friend Jack to stay at her family's island getaway after the death of his brother. At their remote cabin, Jack's drunken encounter with Hannah, Iris' sister, kicks off a revealing stretch of days.
We like Florence: she's considerate, sweet, pretty, and terrific with kids and dogs. She's twenty-five, personal assistant to an L.A. family that's off on vacation. Her boss's brother comes in from New York City, fresh from a stay at an asylum, to take care of the house. He's Roger, a forty-year-old carpenter, gone from L.A. for fifteen years. He arrives, doesn't drive, and needs Florence's help, especially with the family's dog. He's also connecting with former band-mates - two men and one woman with whom he has a history. He over-analyzes, has a short fuse, and doesn't laugh at himself easily. As he navigates past and present, he's his own saboteur. And what of Florence? is Roger one more responsibility for her or something else? Written by
During the "teenage party", Greenberg decides to change the music on the CD player and inserts "Rio" by Duran Duran. He only presses three times the "next song" button and should therefore reach the song #4 ("Hungry Like The Wolf"). Instead, it is "The Chauffeur" (song #9 on the CD) that can be heard, to everybody's dismay. See more »
Greenberg is IT, Noah Baumbach does it again and three cheers to Ben Stiller for letting go of 'kewl'
Noah Baumbach has been known to combined off-putting and painfully real with comedy in the world of the 80's teen, 1960's born, neurotic, indie loving, damaged, scared therefore held back in 'societies eyes' person whom is now in their forties and always seems high because they're so neurotic. Doing this well as based on his own experiences and life on this earth as 'The squid and the whale' and especially 'Margot at the wedding' (One of his best and most original efforts) showed us and with the inspiration of Jon Brion coated movies like 'Punch-drunk love' and 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' Noah Baumbach has made a painfully real and awkward but surprisingly sweet, accessible and most detailed movie about not knowing when it's time to change as time moves unnoticeable fast.
Roger Greenberg essentially reminds me of myself, as when things don't go my way and it's my fault expect others to notice and help me, or I freak out. Roger also wipes his nose with his hand when nervous or intimated Through-out all his movies, Noah knows exactly how to pin-point jealously and insecurities of the neurotic. With this, Ben Stiller strips himself of his normal mainstream straight guy 'Meet The Parents' routine and give us his actual geeky, uncomfortably weird, held back, extremely passive aggressive, frustrated, pretentious inner-self, and for most of 'Greenberg' I forgot you were Ben Stiller, Ben Stiller excellent.
Though 'Greenberg' takes a more accessible and familiar, less off-putting approach, not to say 'Greenberg' isn't extremely awkward at times, there are none-the-less, slight glimpses of Noah's other films in 'Greenberg' that obviously give an edge to the other oddball romantic misanthrope movies I munched and maybe fun for Noah experts to notice. Greenberg sometimes comes off as an indie parody, as some may see it like that, but I think that works in a way as Greenberg is essentially a parody of himself, as he sort of believes at times like many, that having an irate opinion and being pretentious has any sort of merit or distinguishing qualities, when really it's just rude. Greenberg is the person who can't find fault in himself, who walks all over people who are too shy to say something, who doesn't realize he's jumping on everyone for nothing and that's why some people don't like him, but at the same time you can't help to but feel sorry for Greenberg because he's trapped in his brain like many of us and like many of us were the ones who are too shy to say something, and if we'd just relax things, would be better.
'Greenberg' successfully flipped the mirror on a generation of two decades (The 90s and 00s) of pretentious, underground loving, mainstream shoving bohemians that just because your seen as unique, doesn't make you any different from anyone who pushes people away and excludes others for not seeing their way.
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