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The Squid and the Whale
Joint custody blows.
Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, The Squid and the Whale tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980's.
I absolutely loved this movie and I think that's mainly due to the performances of: Jeff Daniels, Jesse Eisenberg, Laura Linney, and Owen Kilne. Along with the acting, Noah Baumbach's writing is superb.
Review In A Nutshell:
Marriage is difficult, we all know that, but we now live in a world where it seems divorce is the only, or at least the easiest, option. I am so fortunate to say that my parents are still together, but there had been a couple of moments where it was just about to fall apart and forever change my life. Now with those near misses, I cannot help but feel paranoid with every argument they have, hoping that it would not escalate to the point of destruction. I know that it sounds selfish of me, but it is human nature for one to maintain a sense of comfort, free from change and stress. I always try…
Dad is a pretentious jerk. Mom is having serial affairs. Little brother is cursing like a sailor, masturbating at every opportunity and smearing his semen on library books. Older brother is plagiarizing Pink Floyd lyrics and passing them off as his own. But hey, it's Brooklyn in the 1980s. The solution, of course, is for the parents to divorce and arrange for joint custody of the kids. Or is it?
This highly autobiographical family drama from Noah Baumbach is a testament to the director's talent and ability to bring the best out in his actors, even on an indie budget. The dialog and situations seem starkly real. There's tension. There are shocks. And there is resolution, but only of the…
Noah Baumbach is obviously a very talented guy. Writer, director and indie darling, his films are certainly thought-provoking with the usual indie credentials of quirky characters and an off-kilter look at relationships. This film is no different and although with the exception of Greenberg I've enjoyed all of his movies, I can fully understand how these aren't quite for everyone.
My wife hated this. I could feel the stare that said "what the fuck is this shit". She's not keen on these indie films and asked if this was a mumblecore film (I think she read it in a magazine). A semi-autobiographical take on his own parents divorce and his struggle to cope emotionally, this is sometimes darkly funny and…
Noah Baumbach's personal story of his own adolescence and how he and his family dealt with the separation of his parents is a film rich in emotion, even if its characters often try their best to repress them. The conflicts feel real and the characters tangible, The Squid and the Whale is a surprisingly realistic account of a divorce and the effects it has on each of the family members. There are times when it's funny and times when it's incredibly sad, without ever feeling forced at anything. Although not always expressed verbally, one can see the anguish in each of the characters through their actions and demeanors. What I expected to be a highly quirky comedy with a bittersweet…
Man, this story hit a little to close to home. Noah Baumbach's semi-autobiographical account of divorce and how it affects a family featured some of my worst fears. I am not divorced and I hope I never will be because it's hard, especially when there's children involved who don't deserve to have to put up with their parents bullshit and selfishness.
Bernard Berkman (Jeff Daniels) and his wife Joan (Laura Linney) have decided to divorce. They have two young children Frank (Owen Kline) and Walt (Jesse Eisenberg). Writer and director Noah Baumbach shows us all the drama and pain associated with a family torn apart.
This film had the potential to be very depressing, but Baumbach injects just enough humor…
Not Baumbach's best but pretty good. The 4 main performances are all terrific. Not much else to say.
My first Baumbach film and I REALLY enjoyed it! The acting is fantastic from everyone. This film will interest anyone who has been part or near a divorce.
I really needed this movie tonight.
As cynical as this movie is, I take so much comfort in it. I see myself in Walt and Frank. I used to say that my parent's divorce wasn't as bad as the Berkman's, but watching it a third time made me realize there are a lot more similarities than I wanted to see. My dad is not as pretentious and flat out rude as Bernard and my mom did not have a four year affair while she was married to my dad, but the interactions between Bernard and Joan seemed very familiar. I only experience this sometimes, most of the time my parents get along pretty well, but every once in awhile they…
This movie made me hate Jeff Daniels, what an accomplishment. Him and Jesse Eisenberg are gleefully detestable in this raw and human mostly-autobiographical telling of Noah Baumbach's childhood. Oh, and I've kind of gotten used to Anna Paquin fucking her teachers, and I'm not sure if that's good or bad. It surely takes away the surprise of it all. Whenever I see her face I just assume that some older man's face will soon be latched onto it.
Noah Baumbach is a titan of Indie films, and this is his most interesting work. I don't know, maybe I'm just confused. I'm sure that to him, this is his most personal film, but I find it hard to relate to. Unlike…
Beautifully written and compact little film. This is the second time I've watched it, this time I could appreciate the nuances in the parents divorce and how Jeff Daniels as the dad is a great portrait of a kind of toxic intellectual. Jesse Eisenberg does well, starting out as the clone of his father and realising what a lonely and isolating way that is to live.
I saw this for the first time in early 2006, I kind of loved it, but I couldn't really figure out why. I was still a very impressionable movie watcher, and a couple of elements jumped out and stayed with me ever since. Watching it again for the first time, removed (at least a little bit) from my teenage years, turns out to be revealing. I see a lot of myself, and my life, in this movie. The things that happen here are a little nastier than my own experience (or at least that's what I like to believe), but there is enormous, honest truth in 'The Squid and the Whale'.
Setting the more personal stuff aside, the more I…
Through a focus on the insanely awkward interactions that come out of divorce, "The Squid and the Whale" finds truth and humor in a field most would never consider funny. This wouldn't be possible without strong performances, and everyone involved brings their A-game. Baumbach's script is remarkable in that it's able to cultivate universal themes through intense specificity.
one of my all time favourite movies. so funny and so well observed, and such an essential look at fathers and sons and families in general. love it with all my heart
Uma história sensível sobre o que é crescer tendo em cada ombro um pai opressor que você não entende muito bem.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…