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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…
Hmm, is this Baumbach's masterpiece or is it Frances Ha? Also how in the fuck is this the same Jeff Daniels that just did Dumb and Dumber To?
i dont think i ever hated a movie before i watched this
A close-to-the-bone moving drama with slight hints of comedy, "The Squid and the Whale" will make you cringe and awe at the narcissism of these characters and the personal writing and direction from Noah Baumbach, and performances from Jesse Eisenberg, Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney.
The paw prints of Wes Anderson, who acted as Executive Producer, are all over this very personal piece by Noah Baumbach. It's a superbly observed drama, which at once explores two integral stages of our adolescence and augments them with the different pains felt in a broken home.
Superb performances from the four leads give the film its beating heart, while Baumbach's superb eye for subtle comedy allows this dark tale to shine with light humor.
It could benefit from being a bit longer in order to flesh out the story further, but this still a film that soars through the sea!
This film made me more emotional than anything else I have watched recently.
I thought the performances were amazing, and I found that I could relate in one way or another, to the struggles of almost every character. Even characters I did not want to relate to, I could still see myself in them. Watching this made me think about my own childhood. I did not go through what the children here did, but feel like we've all felt that tug of which parent we are closer to, and the difference between being close to someone and being forced to think the way they think.
I applaud Noah Baumbauch for making a film about his childhood like this. Jeff Daniels,…
Noah Baumbach's queasily humorous and pointedly incisive story about the divorce of two New York writer-intellectuals, and the disturbing ways that their separation and joint custody affect the children caught in the middle. Jeff Daniels does brilliant work as the father, a bearded professor whose pretentiousness masks a defeated man further emasculated by his ex-wife's affairs, including her dalliance with a "philistine" tennis pro played by William Baldwin. Just as Baumbach's expert balance between torrid familial relations and brisk humor recalls the best work of Woody Allen, Daniels' performance reminded me of his dual role in The Purple Rose of Cairo, where he played the dashing two-dimensional movie hero who leaps from the screen, as well as the manipulative and…
The first thing I thought after The Squid and the Whale was maybe there's hope for me and Frances Ha, which I wasn't crazy about, which has been bugging me ever since. Maybe I'll like it once I become a 20-something. Having been a weird teenager and little kid, I related much more to this movie. Jeff Daniels, Jesse Eisenberg, and Laura Linney are great.
Astutely written divorce story, all the better for the perspectives of the two children who are both struggling with different ends of adolescence. That it plays mostly as a comedy gives it a feeling of nostalgia, and the pain is only glimpsed between the jokes.
It really took me most of the movie to really get into what was going on, I wasn't sure if I liked these people or the situations they got themselves into. I get that these are damaged people with damaged kids but I just didn't identify with them at all. Well, I think once the film was over I thought about what I just watched for a good 5 minutes and I started to like it a bit more. i think on a rewatch I might just even like it more but who knows. Noah Baumbach is obviously a talented man, especially when it comes to an ear for dialog. Jeff Daniels is fantastic and I wish he would do…
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Final Cut - Ladies & Gentlemen
- For All Mankind
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off
- Teen Wolf
- The Breakfast Club
- American Pie
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…