6.1/10
624
20 user 6 critic

Highball (1997)

R | | Drama, Comedy
A newly married couple tries to enhance their social life by throwing fabulous parties and inviting all their friends in Brooklyn to their home.

Director:

Noah Baumbach (as Ernie Fusco)

Writers:

Noah Baumbach (as Jesse Carter), Carlos Jacott (as Jesse Carter) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Mr. Jealousy (1997)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

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 »

Director: Noah Baumbach
Stars: Eric Stoltz, Annabella Sciorra, Chris Eigeman
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

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 mess of thrashed relationships and exposed family secrets.

Director: Noah Baumbach
Stars: Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Flora Cross
Comedy | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A middle-aged couple's career and marriage are overturned when a disarming young couple enters their lives.

Director: Noah Baumbach
Stars: Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A bunch of guys hang around their college for months after graduation, continuing a life much like the one before graduation.

Director: Noah Baumbach
Stars: Josh Hamilton, Eric Stoltz, Samuel Gould
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

When Conrad and Butler decide to take a vacation, things don't go quite as planned.

Director: Noah Baumbach
Stars: Carlos Jacott, John Lehr
De Palma (2015)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A documentary about writer and director Brian De Palma.

Directors: Noah Baumbach, Jake Paltrow
Stars: Brian De Palma
Greenberg (2010)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

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.

Director: Noah Baumbach
Stars: Ben Stiller, Greta Gerwig, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A lonely college freshman's life is turned upside-down by her impetuous, adventurous stepsister-to-be.

Director: Noah Baumbach
Stars: Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke, Shana Dowdeswell
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Follows two young boys dealing with their parents' divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s.

Director: Noah Baumbach
Stars: Owen Kline, Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney
Frances Ha (2012)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

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 the possibility of realizing them dwindles.

Director: Noah Baumbach
Stars: Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, Adam Driver
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An estranged family gathers together in New York City for an event celebrating the artistic work of their father.

Director: Noah Baumbach
Stars: Adam Sandler, Grace Van Patten, Dustin Hoffman
Gloria Bell (2018)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A free-spirited woman in her 50s seeks out love at L.A. dance clubs.

Director: Sebastián Lelio
Stars: Julianne Moore, John Turturro, Caren Pistorius
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Justine Bateman ... Sandy
Noah Baumbach ... Philip
Peter Bogdanovich ... Frank
Andrea Bowen ... Witch / Fairy
Dean Cameron ... The Magician
Rae Dawn Chong ... Herself
Chris Eigeman ... Fletcher
James P. Engel ... Charlie the Ghost
Carlos Jacott ... Felix
Lauren Katz Lauren Katz ... Diane
Catherine Kellner ... Lolly
John Lehr ... Miles
Ryan Postal ... Spiderman
Christopher Reed Christopher Reed ... Travis (as Chris Reed)
Annabella Sciorra ... Molly
Edit

Storyline

A newly married couple tries to enhance their social life by throwing fabulous parties and inviting all their friends in Brooklyn to their home.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Also Known As:

A Vida É Uma Festa See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Crazy Credits

Thanks to the cast and crew for shooting Highball in just six days See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

it hurts me to say this
8 August 2002 | by msoolalaSee all my reviews

Among my favorite dry comedies I would include movies by Baumbach and Stillman, from which much of Highball's cast is culled. This would, in theory, be the one and only kind of marketing strategy for this movie, though not a very convincing one. I also LOVE Chris Eigeman who is utterly invisible in his role as Fletcher. It bothers me that movies like this are made just as much as it bothers me that movies like Die Hard and Armageddon are made, because you notice not what they are and what they offer, but what they aren't and what they might have been.

The difference between a movie like Highball and a movie like Kicking & Screaming or Barcelona is the feeling of intimacy, genuinity and understanding. This group of actors is not de facto amusing or sexy or entertaining, only within a structure of good writing, (some kind of) cinematography, and a sense of integrity, all which are lost on this scrap of film that is also a waste of the $300 it took to make it.

This movie is a case of "we can doesn't mean we should". It doesn't even exist to be noted on a filmography. No actor in a sober state would venture to have this experience referenced in the annals of his/her work. I am chagrined.


1 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 20 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed