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Greenberg (2010)

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A man from Los Angeles, who moved to New York years ago, returns to L.A. to figure out his life while he house-sits for his brother. He soon sparks with his brother's assistant.

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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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He's got a lot on his mind.

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Rated R for some strong sexuality, drug use, and language | See all certifications »

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26 March 2010 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$118,152 (USA) (19 March 2010)

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$4,216,789 (USA) (21 May 2010)
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Original cast included Amy Adams and Mark Ruffalo. Maggie Gyllenhaal was considered for the lead role after Amy Adams dropped out. See more »

Goofs

In the party/coke scene two hipsters take off Duran Duran and put on the Drunks With Guns song "Wonderful Subdivision" - and though the contract said the film would use "up to 40 seconds of the song" in the final edit only the first 4 measures of the drum intro are used, making it one of film's most expensive ($6000) "throw away" song edits. The DWG were probably St Louis' most infamous 1980's post punk band, lead by known felon & admitted misanthrope Mike Doskocil. See more »

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Roger Greenberg: Dear Starbucks, in your attempt to manufacture culture out of fast food coffee you've been surprisingly successful for the most part. The part that isn't covered by 'the most part' sucks.
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References Patterson-Gimlin Film (1967) See more »

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"Greenberg" is so awkward.
21 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ben Stiller isn't funny when he tries too hard, nor can he be emotionally effective playing an unlikable bum. There I said it! Stiller stars in "Greenberg". He plays the title character named Roger, a washed-up failed musician who watches over his jerk of a brother's house while his brother is on vacation in Vietnam. Greenebrg is so unlikable it's impossible to root for him. It doesn't help that Stiller does "look at me acting" work. The writers don't do a clever job by making it a challenge to like the lead. All they do is butcher the story, making it an absolute mess of simple- shot filmmaking. Stiller falls for his brothers maid played by Greta Gerwig, the most unlikable actress who is so irritating and stupid that I prayed for the worst possible outcome for her pathetic character. "Greenberg" is full of awkwardness. From it's surprising strong, uncomfortable sex scenes to Greenebrg's socially challenged behavior, director Noah Baumbach proves he had no idea what he we was doing with this worthless script. Not only is this film glacially slow, containing a tedious male lead, has no back story, and too long, but it fails at making a story about relationships. The routine relationships in Roger's life are so weak. The black- comedy doesn't work here. All it feels like is thrown out ideas on a script a wanna be writer would create. The story is progressive and never felt like the story was leading towards any big climax or conclusion. "Greenberg" is one of the most terrible movie-going experiences of my life.


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