Received a four minute standing ovation when it was shown at the Cannes Film Festival. See more »
While Danny is on the phone with Eliza (who is at Bard College), he states, "I might go stay at Jean's in Rochester for a while. I'll be closer to you...". The distance between Rochester and Bard College is actually significantly greater than New York City to Bard. See more »
Do you have black tie?
I have a herringbone blazer and slacks with a hummus stain on the fly.
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I'm not sure who the morons are who couldn't sit thorough this film, but too bad for your brain damaged mind due to over saturated computer graphic driven movies. This is a film, and it's a gem. The story is of a semi-famous sculpture at the twilight of his career. Being honored at a school he teaches, his estranged sons and (less we forget daughter) are coming home to attend it.
The film starts with an amazing father/daughter moment between Eliza (Grace Van Patten) and Danny (Adam Sandler). What makes this INCREDIBLY touching is that Eliza isn't a terrible millenial child. She is a mature thoughtful doting on her father person. Who is about to attend college and can't seem to abandon her lost father. She's obviously strong willed yet incredibly concerned about his life (shouldn't this be the opposite...nope!). She is so independent..she makes semi-pornographic films as a student filmmaker and passes it as art, as father, grandfather and aunt look on, uncertain if to continue to support the creative gene in the family.
Eventually, the dysfunctional piece-mealed family does unite, in the way only deeply strained inconsistent families do. And the common thread is a somewhat bitter art father Harold Meyerowitz (Dustin Hoffman) who can't face his failures in how he raised his children. Very much in the vein of a Robert Benton type film, it is bittersweet in its cantankerous unlikable male lead (think Paul Newman in "Nobody's Fool.") I love this film. Director Noah Baumbach has done something I didn't realize could still be done in this trash heap of spectacle movies...he touches human interaction at the core details. Bravo!
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