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While We're Young (2014)

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

Director:

Noah Baumbach

Writers:

Noah Baumbach, Henrik Ibsen (epigraph from "A Master Builder" by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Naomi Watts ... Cornelia
Ben Stiller ... Josh
Maria Dizzia ... Marina
Adam Horovitz ... Fletcher
Matthew Maher ... Tim (as Matt Maher)
Peter Yarrow ... Ira Mandelstam
Bonnie Kaufman Bonnie Kaufman ... Ira's Wife
Hector Otero Hector Otero ... Frank
Deborah Eisenberg Deborah Eisenberg ... New School Woman
Adam Driver ... Jamie
Amanda Seyfried ... Darby
Dree Hemingway ... Tipper
Matthew Shear ... Benny
Annie Baker Annie Baker ... Elise
Quincy Tyler Bernstine ... Pepper
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Storyline

Josh Srebnick is 44. He is married to Cornelia, 43, the daughter of Leslie Breitbart, a respected documentary filmmaker. The couple lives comfortably in New York Village and gives the image of happiness. But things are not so rosy as they look: on a personal level, their relationships have been cooling down while they suffer from not having children. On a professional plane, things have deteriorated as well. Josh, who is also a documentary filmmaker like his father-in-law, has lost inspiration: he has been grappling with his last movie for eight years now without being able to complete it. To be true, Josh goes nowhere and his marriage is on the rocks. Things start changing when Josh and Cornelia meet another married pair: Jamie and Darby, a generation younger, express their admiration for Josh (Jamie wishing to become a documentary filmmaker himself). Plus, they are much cooler, smarter and more uninhibited than the two forty-odds. Could they help Josh and Cornelia to revive their ... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Taglines:

Life never gets old

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mientras somos jóvenes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$227,688, 29 March 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,574,066, 21 June 2015
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Peter Yarrow, who plays the documentary subject of Ben Stiller's character, is better-known as the "Peter" in the seminal 1960s folk group Peter Paul & Mary. This is his first acting role in a movie. Coincidentally, Yarrow's classic song "Puff, the Magic Dragon" featured in the soundtracks of Stiller's films Meet the Parents (2000) and Meet the Fockers (2004). See more »

Quotes

Josh: Let's have kids.
Cornelia: I don't want this to be 'Every time you take a hallucinogen you want to have a baby'.
Josh: Not every time.
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Soundtracks

Concerto In G Major For Two Mandolins, Srings And Organ (Instrumental)
Written by Antonio Vivaldi
Performed by Max Goberman, New York Sinfonietta
Courtesy of Sony Classical
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A mixed and misfired message
25 June 2015 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film tells the story of a documentary filmmaker who has had success but struggles to finish his new documentary. He meets a young and energetic couple who live life colourfully, and he gets infected by their unending enthusiasm.

"While We're Young" starts off very strong, with Josh and Cornelia having a sort of midlife crisis. Passion dwindles from their lives, and they get locked into their comfort zone. The couple is charming and infectiously happy. I think many people could identify with Josh and Cornelia. I certainly could. I was hoping the story of unfold along these lines, but as things go wrong, it seems almost wrong for Josh and Cornelia to rediscover themselves. I think it's a misfired message, and I identify with the story less towards the end. Nonetheless, it's a good film.


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