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.
A story that follows a New York woman (who doesn't really have an apartment), apprentices for a dance company (though she's not really a dancer), and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possibility dwindles.
Margot and her son Claude decide to visit her sister Pauline after she announces that she is marrying less-than-impressive Malcolm. In short order, the storm the sisters create leaves behind a a mess of thrashed relationships and exposed family secrets.
Jennifer Jason Leigh,
Lester is an occasional substitute teacher and he's very jealous. He is jealous about the last boyfriend of Lester's slightly wacky current partner Ramona - arrogant best-selling author ... See full summary »
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 »
Wobbly plot and unconvincing direction despite two great leads
I've come to like Ben Stiller a lot, but here the movie just struggles and falls very flat. That's the long and short of it.
Except that is for Greta Gerwig. I've also come to really like her, and she makes the movie. She lifts it out of some kind of needlessnessthe plot fizzles, Stiller plays out his contrived role without much conviction, but Gerwig make subtle and warm and interesting every scene she's in.
So, along those lines, I highly highly recommend "Frances Ha," which makes the most of Gerwig (and which is a good, offbeat, indie film in every way). Here, in a Hollywood mainstream effort, there seems to be a formula comedy that just went wrong on page three. These kinds of films depend on a conflict of two main characters who, of course, should really be in love, based on the screwball formula of the 1930s. That takes a lot of fierce energy and a terrific script. We get neither here. As they tone things down to be somewhat believable (and even serious underneath) they lose the humor. And the plot, and dialog, don't hold up on their own.
Sad. I feel bad for Gerwig most of all a breakthrough moment that just ended up breaking. Oddly, the writing is partly by Jennifer Jason Leigh, and I wonder if this was a script that made it to the screen based on her name. Sounded good as a pitch, no doubt, but then? Don't do it.
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