While We're Young (2015)
Critic Consensus: Poignant and piercingly honest, While We're Young finds writer-director Noah Baumbach delivering some of his funniest lines through some of his most relatable characters.
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Critic Reviews for While We're Young
Baumbach has a great sense of the ridiculous, and a sensitive instinct for keeping the attack under control.
The wonderful thing about While We're Young and the relationship that develops between Josh and Cornelia and Jamie and Darby is that it's less about resentment than it is a celebration of romantic love. At least initially.
While We're Young may provide the fusion of two disparate narrative packages but the glass is only half-full.
Baumbach, whose films include the searingly funny, autobiographical The Squid and the Whale and the brilliantly uncomfortable Margot at the Wedding, writes wry, sharp, poignant stuff.
Baumbach plays with universal themes about the uncertainty of aging, the elusive nature of "cool" and the acceptance that comes with settling down ...
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Noah Baumbach is becoming an expert in this kind of quirky little movie centered on irritating characters who are seen as inexplicably adorable by the public (like Frances Ha), and even if it is funny and enjoyable, I really can't relate to most of its ideology that young people are idiots.
Annoyed me immensely, and when I read spoilers to see how it ended, I got even more annoyed. Amanda almost saves it, but there's other movies of hers I would rather watch. I found this insulting to both 20 somethings and 40 somethings alike. So apparently if you're a certain type of person in your 20's you are ridiculous and do stupid hipster things, and if you're over 40 and not a parent your life is pointless. This type of message just craps me to the point I couldn't finish it.
A middle-aged couple befriends a younger couple and embarks on a documentary project. Writer/director Noah Baumbach fashions a simple but affecting story contrasting youth and mortality, balanced with a rather pedestrian story about the making of a documentary. It's clear that he wants to explore the former group of themes and occasionally digress into pedantry about the nature of art in documentary films, but While We're Young's primary strength is that it avoids too much didacticism. Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, and Amanda Seyfried all give excellent performances, but it's Stiller who most clearly understands Baumbach's unique blending of character development and thematic exploration, and his performance is the most honed -- probably the result of his experience in other Baumbach films. The film's resolution (its final moments, not the genius send-up of "the great detective's reveal") is far too pat for my tastes, but that doesn't besmirch the fact that so much of what came before hit all the right notes. Overall, while not all that profound, Baumbach proves to be an excellent story-teller and fascinating artist.
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