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The Squid and the Whale (2005)

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

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Noah Baumbach

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Noah Baumbach
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 23 wins & 47 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Owen Kline ... Frank Berkman
Jeff Daniels ... Bernard Berkman
Laura Linney ... Joan Berkman
Jesse Eisenberg ... Walt Berkman
William Baldwin ... Ivan
David Benger David Benger ... Carl
Anna Paquin ... Lili
Molly Barton Molly Barton ... Graduate Student
Bo Berkman Bo Berkman ... Graduate Student
Matthew Kaplan Matthew Kaplan ... Graduate Student
Simon Kaplan Simon Kaplan ... Graduate Student
Matthew Kirsch Matthew Kirsch ... Graduate Student
Daniella Markowicz Daniella Markowicz ... Graduate Student
Elizabeth Meriwether ... Graduate Student
Ben Schrank Ben Schrank ... Graduate Student
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Storyline

In 1986, In Brooklyn, New York, the dysfunctional family of pseudo intellectuals composed by the university professor Bernard and the prominent writer Joan split. Bernard is a selfish, cheap and jealous decadent writer that rationalizes every attitude in his family and life and does not accept "philistines" - people that do not read books or watch movies, while the unfaithful Joan is growing as a writer and has no problems with "philistines". Their sons, the teenager Walt and the boy Frank, feel the separation and take side: Walt stays with Bernard, and Frank with Joan, and both are affected with abnormal behaviors. Frank drinks booze and smears with sperm the books in the library and a locker in the dress room of his school. The messed-up and insecure Walt uses Roger Water's song "Hey You" in a festival as if it was of his own, and breaks up with his girlfriend Sophie. Meanwhile Joan has an affair with Frank's tennis teacher Ivan and Bernard with his student Lili. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

Joint Custody Blows.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic dialogue and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Squid and the Whale See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$279,938, 14 October 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,362,100, 19 March 2006
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Long before the movie was made, actress Laura Linney's father, Romulus Linney, and director Noah Baumbach's father, Jonathan Baumbach, were in a car accident together while visiting an artist colony. See more »

Goofs

The police officer who issues Bernard a ticket for double parking is wearing a post-1994 Navy blue uniform. The uniforms in 1986 were sky blue. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Frank Berkman: Mom and me versus you and Dad.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits include this dedication: "For Mannie". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Progidy (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Lullaby
Written and Performed by Loudon Wainwright III
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with SONY BMG Music Licensing
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depressingly refreshing
8 November 2005 | by gdsoulSee all my reviews

More acutely than I've experienced in a long time, this film captures the process of personality inheritance within families. The interaction/influence between Bernard and Walt is almost painful to watch at times, but it's completely rich. Beyond just that father/son dynamic, the story is so poignant without ever getting sappy - a true accomplishment for a family drama involving divorce. Nothing hits you over the head. Nothing seems too forced. While there's plenty of confusion, discomfort, and alienation, a sense of love shines through, and I couldn't help but get attached to all of the characters. I recommend this film unconditionally.


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