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.
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
Jamie plays in a band called "Cookie O'Puss." Adam Horovitz, who plays Fletcher, is a member of the Beastie Boys; "Cookie Puss" was the name of Beastie Boys' second EP. See more »
We've got this Ayahuasca ceremony this weekend with Jamie and Darby.
What's an Ayahuasca ceremony?
You drink this sludgy liquid and you hallucinate and vomit up your demons.
Okay. Well, we're just having a cookout and maybe playing charades.
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Relatable and hilarious -- like a highbrow "This Is 40"
After seeing the trailer for While We're Young last week I was reminded what a wonderful and smart comedy this is. It was my favorite movie from TIFF last year, and one of Baumbach's best.
Anyone over 40 will relate to Josh (Ben Stiller) and Cornelia (Naomi Watts), a married couple in a rut. It's that painful experience of realizing that you've grown up without even trying to, and it's hard to see what's still possible when your body is reminding you that half of your life is already behind you. Baumbach is able to turn this experience into a hilarious and heartwarming story, and that is no small feat. It's serious stuff.
I remember his debut feature Kicking and Screaming as a seminal movie of my 20s. If you've seen it, you might have the same feeling watching While We're Young that I did. It was like I'd watched Noah Baumbach grow up through his films and characters. I suspect if you watched all his movies in sequence it would be quite powerful. Maybe Noah Baumbach is due for a retrospective titled "Manhood" ??
Highly recommend seeing this. Performances are excellent across the board. Charles Grodin is a living legend!
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