While We're Young Reviews
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.
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.
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.