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While We’re Young (2015) by tincolor

40-somethings Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts are thrust into an existential and marital crisis after meeting young hipsters Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried. Having such fully realized characters really helps this movie explore multiple themes and ideas simultaneously without ever feeling scatterbrained. There’s of course the theme that’s on the poster – the disconnect between physical age and how old you “feel” inside, but it’s also a movie about, among other things, creativity, procrastination, ambition, friendship, marriage, authenticity and loyalty. Absolutely worth watching and one of my favorite recent movies.



Greenberg by Thomas
August 28, 2013, 3:02 am
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Ben Stiller is an introverted, slightly disturbed ex-rocker who agrees to house sit for his bourgeois brother, then gets involved with his bro’s much younger, unreasonably attractive assistant Greta Gerwig.  Neither of these two misfits want to depend on the other, which generates a kind of adolescent awkwardness in the relationship.  There’s an obvious sense of melancholy – it is a character study by Noah Baumbach after all – but that’s tempered with subtle humor and a sense of naturalism.  The city is a character too: if The Squid and the Whale was an homage to Brooklyn, Greenberg is a bored and vaguely pissed off drunk dial to L.A..  Worth checking out.



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