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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…
Being my first venture into Noah Baumbach's work, it's immediately obvious I will enjoy the rest of his stuff given my love of his obvious influences. A quasi-melding of French New-Wave filmmaking with the trappings of a Woody Allen picture (although striving for less humor and more melodrama), The Squid and the Whale seems like a pretty easy film to like. In fact, I would argue it would be hard to dislike this film; Baumbach writes sharp, believable dialogue and the use of handheld camera mixed with the subdued performances give The Squid and the Whale an extra boost of authenticity. For all intents and purposes, this film comes as close to reality as any other great family drama can.…
I've been meaning to watch this film for years, since I first came across it while scouring wikipedia upon my initial interest in indie movies.
The story is humorously odd, relentlessly harsh, and bitterly sad. Occasionally, it even melded all three qualities at the same time. The writing for how the stress of a divorce can heavily effect a family, as well as how authentic and natural the divorce was handled, was very well done. Most of the merits of this film lie on the actors, especially so with Jesse Eisenberg and Jeff Daniels. All of the characters were interesting and they interacted with each other in such genuine ways.
This film was only about 90 minutes long, and it…
Extremely bitter and honest. Humans are gross.
Noah Baumbach and Wes Anderson have the same iTunes playlist.
Fantastic. A powerful emotional drama that sucked me in and left me drained by the end. Each character was so well developed, each action, word, and thought had a meaning and everything was connected. I could probably watch this movie 10 times and find something new about each character. While the separation of the parents is seen from the two children, it is interesting to set apart what actually happened as opposed to what the children think happen, and what the parents are telling them. You can’t fully understand the squid and the whale while you’re eyes are partially covered as your mother describes it to you. Baumbach really hit the mark on this one, and while I enjoyed Frances…
Didn't like it when I saw it as a teenager but since then my parents have divorced I think it's pretty great on a second viewing.
why was there so much jizz in this movie?
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.
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[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…