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While We’re Young movie review

Featuring: Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried, Charles Grodin (Lesley – father in law), Adam Horoviz (Fletcher)
Writer/Director: Noah Baumbach

Movie website: while-were-young.com/
Australian release date: Thur 16 April

Reviewers’ verdicts:
rolanstein: A funny, absorbing and thought-provoking contemporary intergenerational comedy.
Karen: Funny and full of ideas that will resonate with people of all ages.

Review 1: (rolanstein)
Going by the trailer and promo blurb, the premise of this latest feature from director Noah Baumbach is dodgy, to say the least: a childless New York couple in their mid-forties begin hanging out with Gen Y “hipsters” (involuntary sneer) and get their mojo back. So, silly-old-fartdom now includes Xers as well as Boomers (hawk, spit-tooh), wisdom and inspirational living being the exclusive repository of the young – is that it?

Shit no! This is contemporary intergenerational comedy at its finest, and anything but simplistic or predictable. In fact, there’s so much going on here, it’s a challenge to get a handle on it all in a single viewing. Continue reading While We’re Young movie review

Frances Ha Movie Review

Featuring: Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, Adam Driver, Grace Gummer, Michael Zegen
Director: Noah Baumbach
Writer: Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig
Website: www.franceshamovie.com
Australian release date: Thursday, 15th August

Reviewer: Karen
Verdict: annoyingly cute

Frances Halladay is a 27-year-old dancer who lives with her best friend Sophie. When Sophie decides to move out (and on), Frances is plunged into a late twenties personal and professional development crisis.

I suspect that the older you are, the less you will like Frances Ha. Refreshing as it is to see a film whose main character is a woman, and a story about love that does not frame marriage as the pot of gold at the end of the fucking rainbow, the struggles of a needy twenty-seven-year-old middle-class WASP to discover some personal insight may annoy the crap out of you. Or not, as the case may be. Continue reading Frances Ha Movie Review

‘Greenberg’ – Movie Review

Is it devaluing this movie to call it a dark-hued off-beat rom-com, I asked myself as I sat down and prepared to bang out this quick review. I decided I didn’t care enough to ponder the question at any length. And I mean any length. So let’s start again…


Roger Greenberg (Ben Stiller) is a 40ish misfit who has a few balloons floating loose in the cranial sky. At least he did have – he’s recovering from a nervous breakdown, which necessitated his institutionalization. Rog has left his home and carpenting job in New York to look after his older and more successful bro’s home in L.A. while he and his family are away on holidays in Vietnam. The house-sitting opportunity has come at a good time. Greenberg is at a crossroads in his life, and is taking time out to ‘do nothing’ and hopefully find some direction. (Sound familiar?) Continue reading ‘Greenberg’ – Movie Review