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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.

Director:

Noah Baumbach

Writers:

Jennifer Jason Leigh (story), Noah Baumbach (story) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Greta Gerwig ... Florence Marr
Koby Rouviere Koby Rouviere ... Greenberg Boy
Sydney Rouviere ... Greenberg Girl
Chris Messina ... Phillip Greenberg
Susan Traylor ... Carol Greenberg
Merritt Wever ... Gina
Emily Lacy Emily Lacy ... Gallery Band Member
Aaron Wrinkle Aaron Wrinkle ... Gallery Band Member
Heather Lockie Heather Lockie ... Gallery Band Member
Chris Coy ... Guy at Gallery
Ben Stiller ... Roger Greenberg
Zach Chassler Zach Chassler ... Marlon
Mina Badie ... Peggy
Rhys Ifans ... Ivan Schrank
Blair Tefkin Blair Tefkin ... Megan - Beller's Party
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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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Trivia

Original cast included Amy Adams and Mark Ruffalo. Maggie Gyllenhaal was considered for the lead role after Amy Adams dropped out. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Roger Greenberg: The thing about you kids is that you're all kind of insensitive. I'm glad I grew up when I did cos your parents were too perfect at parenting- all that baby Mozart and Dan Zanes songs; you're just so sincere and interested in things! There's a confidence in you guys that's horrifying. You're all ADD and carpal tunnel. You wouldn't know Agoraphobia if it bit you in the ass, and it makes you mean. You say things to someone like me who's older and smarter with this light air... I'm freaked out by ...
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References Patterson-Gimlin Film (1967) See more »

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Tell Me What You Need
Written by Charles Tolbert
Performed by Chuck The Triple Threat
Courtesy of Soundfile Records
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Well done, but too mean spirited, and Ben Stiller is awfully hard to take.
14 June 2011 | by callanvassSee all my reviews

We like Florence: she's considerate, sweet, pretty, and terrific with kids and dogs. She's 26, personal assistant to an L.A. family who's off on vacation. Her boss's brother comes in from New York City, fresh out of an asylum, to stay at the house. He's Roger, a carpenter, 40, gone from L.A. for 15 years. He arrives, doesn't drive, and needs Florence's help, especially with the family dog. He's also connecting with ex-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?

I have many a mixed thoughts on this project from Stiller. It never bored me; I was always intrigued, and didn't really regret anything. What I didn't get off of is the way Stiller treated his friends and other people. I know this was the point, but it really rubbed me the wrong way. Its style is offbeat and it works well, but its mean style just didn't come to my liking. Ben Stiller is very convincing in his role, but his character was a little too harsh, I understand that was the point, but he really rubbed me the wrong way with how he treated everyone. There's a fine line between being a kid, and growing up, he's bordering that fine line.

Bottom line. It's a decent attempt by Stiller to do something different. It has it's flaws, but for the most part the attempt is admirable. Worth a look

6 ½ 10


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

26 March 2010 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$118,152, 21 March 2010

Gross USA:

$4,234,170

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,344,112
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