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½ May 1, 2019
The hipster label has generally been thrown at Noah Baumbach as a criticism and repudiation of the esoteric cultural references found in films like Kicking and Screaming (1995) but here he attacks youthful hipsters whilst also being aware that the self-insert main character is a hipster himself. Fear of youth and of being a parent is a major theme throughout the film as the mid-life crisis that the two main characters experience as they attempt to bond with two younger versions of themselves. The film also connects to De Palma (2015) a documentary which Baumbach directed as the ethics and struggles of being a documentary filmmaker are explored. He re-teams with Ben Stiller from Greenberg (2010) and Adam Driver from Frances Ha (2013) and they both embody their roles perfectly.

Josh Schrebnik, Ben Stiller, is a documentary filmmaker with one acclaimed feature on his belt but he is seemingly unable to complete his second. He and his wife Cornelia, Naomi Watts, are considering trying to have a baby again as they feel that they are drifting apart from their friends, Maria Dizzia and Ad-Rock, who are now new parents. When Josh encounters a young documentarian Jamie, Adam Driver, and his wife Darby, Amanda Seyfried, after a film studies lecture the two couples strike up an unlikely friendship. Josh begins helping Jamie produce his documentary feature but he discovers that he may not agree with Jamie's potentially unethical filmmaking style and wonders whether he has ulterior motives in working with him.

The humor here works because while we are aware and understanding of the frustrations that Josh experiences we also see himself and Cornelia as flawed people. Jamie always seem slightly slimy and the sadness of Josh and Cornelia trying to ingratiate themselves into what may be a rather irritating subset of youth culture works. At the same time it is understandable why Jamie would want to add a few dramatic flairs to his documentaries instead of adopting the difficult and rigorous processes that Josh claims to have adopted. The thread about parenthood links well to all of this as we see that Josh fears that his child may end up like Jamie and not himself at that age but their friendship with the age-appropriate Marina and Fletcher shows how adults can support one another through parenthood.

The conflicts in the screenplay are always well-written as we see why a certain type of morally upright person would have a problem with Jamie's manipulations but also why modern filmmaking techniques have moved on. The most morally abhorrent thing that Jamie does I won't reveal but he never quite steps over the line in the steps he takes to make the documentary better manufactured but they do become irksome as he is dishonest with the detail-oriented Josh. Darby's organic ice cream is captured in the background of a video that Jamie took of a person he had claimed to have just gotten back in contact with. All of these funny, quirky little details add to both the dramatic tensions of the film but also the comedic elements as the most modern hipster food is the center of the conflict between Josh and Jamie.

One of the best moments in the film occurs when Josh and Fletcher discuss parenthood and Fletcher reveals that he's "Still the most important person in his life", despite his child. The reactions and quibbles of friends and families are also dealt with in good humor and this discussion helps both Josh and Cornelia to come to terms with the idea of being a parent.

The entire cast is great, it goes without saying, with Ben Stiller re-adopting a Greenberg-like persona in the lead role and Adam Driver turning up the douche vibes. Charles Grodin has the required gravitas to play a respected documentary filmmaker and Amanda Seyfried is convincing as a slightly empty young woman with a hidden pernicious streak. Maria Dizzia and Ad-Rock steal the show in their supporting roles however as Dizzia is as likable and warm as ever and Ad-Rock completely sells his short monologue to Stiller. Baumbach is usually able to assemble great casts and here unlike in Margot at the Wedding (2007) he doesn't misuse them.

This is a Baumbach film that you should definitely watch as it delicately explores many issues that he hasn't fully grappled with before and contains funny and complex characters that both younger and older generations can feel some understanding for.
½ March 29, 2019
Stiller and Watts are a couple without a kids - but getting a little older. He's making the world's longest documentary when he bumps into a younger couple - and things get a good shake up
½ November 24, 2018
'While We're Young' functions off of conservative middle class tropes regarding marriage and parenting. Adam Drive'sr character is the only one that seems realistic and that is evidently due to his acting skills and not the writing. He thankfully breathes life into this otherwise un-realistic and trope-y film.
½ November 5, 2018
Convoluted and boring, While Weâ(TM)re Young is a disappointment.
October 2, 2018
Mientras somos jóvenes es una manera diferente de mostrar una historia un poco basica y lograr hacerla bastante interesante, pese a esto su peso es normal y logra ser una cinta diferente divertida y acertada pero sin mucho impacto en realidad.
July 8, 2018
Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts are a married couple who've found themselves living a life that seems to have gotten away from them. They are no longer young enough to be spontaneous, but not yet old enough to give into middle age. They are in a rut, so when they come across 2 young people (Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried) they are captivated and enthralled with the couple's outlook. In an attempt to cling to their own youthfulness, they start becoming different people, imitating the style of their new hipster friends. Lying to themselves and lying to each other, they grow more and more frustrated, and eventually more aware of what was truly bothering them.

Unique for not conforming to typical tropes, While We're Young is happily truthful in the sense that real life doesn't always turn out like it does in the movies. A really nice story about relationships and about the importance of being comfortable with yourself so you can be a benefit to others.
½ May 13, 2018
What happens when a childless couple is in their forties is surrounded by friends with young children? In this case, the childless couple happens into a friendship with another childless couple who are in their twenties. Different values unite these couples, but in the end, different values later blow them apart. A thoughtful and engaging film.
½ May 11, 2018
Baumbach explores generational gaps and the sacrifice of artistry through a doddering plot that just barely works.
½ March 22, 2018
Little film somewhat comedic. I think they were off with the characters, quite a bit was forced. It was like caricaturing. Not all that bad in itself. I give it a pass. The young is not more cheating than the old, it's a personality trait.
March 8, 2018
NYC romanticism at its finest. love it.
½ February 16, 2018
Suffering from a lack of ambition and a lot of detours from its main storyline, While We're Young - like its protagonist - is unfocused and dull.
February 11, 2018
While We're Young has a charming cast, yet lack's engagement due to its sparse script.
½ January 13, 2018
you're an old man with a hat.

While We're Young

As Ben and Noami struggles keeping up with the people of their age, there is an unsatisfied tone from the first sequence of the movie which stays with the audience the whole way and surprisingly this helps connecting it. While We're Young is one of the finest fresh baked idea coming from Noah and he uses it well depicting generations through a common media and its amusing perspectives that offers us these little chuckles in this smart drama. The resemblance towards Ben's character speaks itself of his work along with such a great cast; Noami and Adam are brilliant too. A light drama which does not work on a larger margin to make your heart pump faster but it sure is intriguing enough to keep you invested in it for 97 minutes.
½ January 13, 2018
This film excels in revealing the toxic masculinity that so often can lay beneath a veneer of hip quirkiness. But that's about the only value this film has. It spends 90 minutes solely convincing the audience that a life without children can be fulfilling- and it ultimately fails at even that.
½ January 9, 2018
Really funny and great.
December 28, 2017
Really good movie about getting old. It's like a reverse coming of age movie. Solid concept, solid execution.
December 28, 2017
Relatable and really funny. Adam Driver is really good in this.
½ December 27, 2017
This really tackles a lot, mostly hits it's mark though on the questions posed surrounding getting older, success, truth, family, etc etc etc.
December 26, 2017
First you think is going to be one dimensional and shallow, then you're surprised when it's pleasingly complex and shifting, finally the disappointment hits hard when it collapses in a messy and not very original heap.
December 25, 2017


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