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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 & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Greta Gerwig ... Florence Marr
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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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den skeftomai, ara yparho See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$118,152, 21 March 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,216,789, 23 May 2010
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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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James Murphy: During the party scene to which Ivan drags Greenberg, for a brief few seconds, score composer James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem walks across the screen staring at his phone. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Roger Greenberg: I'll take you to it.
Florence Marr: How's that gonna work? Am I going to drive you to take me?
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References Mannequin (1987) See more »

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Written by James Murphy and Pat Mahoney
Produced by James Murphy
Performed by James Murphy and Pat Mahoney
Courtesy of DFA Records/EMI Records Ltd.
James Murphy appears courtesy of DFA Records/EMI Records Ltd.
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Dull overly long effort.
6 August 2010 | by ihrtfilmsSee all my reviews

Noah Baumbach recent efforts Margot At The Wedding and the Squid And The Whale, were both fine films, so I was interested in seeing his latest Greenberg. Ben Stiller stars in this as a man struggling with his life, who meets a woman and begins a romance with her. Greenberg is a very unlikable person at times, although he often reminds one of some neurotic Woody Allen creation and has at times a certain charm. Stiller is very toned down in this and a such does a good job. Stealing his limelight is Greta Gerwig as Florence who gives a fine performance here. Florence is a little odd in her ways and so there is perhaps a connection between the two, but if this is meant to be a character study, it fails to be anything but a study in dullness. So very little happens, that it's difficult to maintain interest and with a unlikable main character, the film plods along, to the point where I longed for the credits to start.

It's a shame the film falls flat, especially when you consider previous efforts from Baumbach. Whilst there are some things going for it, mostly in performances, including a good supporting role from Rhys Ifans, there is very little going for it, especially when it runs at nearly 2hrs, it's a tough film experience.

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