Baumbach breathes new life into mainstream comedy (by Render-stetson)
While We're Young shines in every aspect: Brilliantly directed, charmingly witty, and performed with graceful ease by it's leading actors. Stiller and Watts have found a delightful chemistry here, and the scenes they share brim with convincing self-awareness and sharp comedic timing, opposite Driver and Seyfried, the wide-eyed twenty somethings who are reminders of a fleeting youth. Baumbach has found a new tempo: Not the jazz of Frances Ha, nor the low, blue notes of Greenberg, but an upbeat, yet real glance into the crises of middle-aged life nostalgic for an earlier time. A must <more>
see, hilarious adventure about generations at odds, the search for artistic validation, and finding oneself at any age.
Really enjoyed this movie. Funny, original, and thought provoking. There was a conversation between Josh Stiller and his father in law played by the awesome Charles Grodin about how movies documantaries actually about how they have many layers and I felt this movie was that way.The story of a middle aged couple bored with life and each other trying to justify the fact that they don't have kids with the cliché fantasy of being able to fly off to Europe at a moments notice which of course they never do. They encounter a much younger couple who seems to embody everything that is <more>
precious, pure and unspoiled about youth. This is exaggerated by the fact that ironically despite the face that they were raised in the age of social media somehow they are completely unaffected by texted, emailing, googling and facebook. They make their own furniture, their own furniture, have an entire wall of vinyl records, appreciate Lionel Richie and seamlessly can tap into all the cool stuff that came far before their time. That's cool!!! Josh and his wife of course are completely mesmerized by their youth, vitality and bohemian lifestyle which seems so much more authentic than that of their close friends who they quickly begin to eschew and alienate because of their new found wisdom/fountain of youth. When Josh's doctor tells him he has arthritis he incredulously laughs this off trying to correct his doctor asking him if perhaps he has a different KIND of arthritis; one that younger people get. The doctors reaction, is stone faced and priceless.Josh, who is a documentary filmmaker and has been working on the same project for an absurd amount of time 10 years is reinvigorated by his new friendships with Jamie and Darby, most of all by how they seem to embody truth and profound wisdom. This is sort of the theme of his documentary and he feels that this missing piece can hopefully finally enable to finish his project. There's a great scene when the four of them try to come with a word to describe something and none of them can remember the word. Just whips out his phone to look it up and Jamie says "no! Let's just not know" and smiles and they all resign themselves to be OK with not knowing. Josh is completely hooked. His aha moment of all that is wrong with the world, society, technology, his life...and how he can fix it.But of course nothing is ever as it seems and slowly but surely he starts to realize that epiphanies no matter how earth shattering they may seem can be fleeting and that no matter how wonderful a new person or influence in your life may seem and how sure you are that they seem to have the keys to the kingdom if you dig a little deeper you might be setting yourself up for an even bigger let down.Great story. Enjoyed thoroughly.
Noah Baumbach's 'While We're Young' is about age & aging. But its a Timeless film, because Baumbach's Screenplay & Direction are so beautiful, that despite being melancholic, I was moved beyond words. I'm 22 & yet I could connect with this film's message & intension.'While We're Young' Synopsis: A middle-aged couple's career and marriage are overturned when a disarming young couple enters their lives.'While We're Young' not only covers themes of just aging, but also of success, failure, love, marriage & accepting life <more>
the way it is. Baumbach's Ingeniously Written Screenplay focuses on two couples & how, despite their diversities, their bond is irreplaceable. The first-hour is breezy, while the second-hour takes an intense turn, which also, manages to hold your attention entirely. Baumbach's Direction, also, is top-notch. He has handled this light-hearted but ultimately sad tale, with sheer brilliance. He has certainly peaked as a Wrtier & Director with 'While We're Young'!Performance-Wise: Ben Stiller & Naomi Watts deliver fearless performances. Stiller is extraordinary in his portrayal of a man torn between morals & failure, while Watts endears you with her sensitivity. Adam Driver & Amanda Seyfried are equally terrific, enacting the youngsters with pure energy. Charles Grodin is outstanding in a strong supporting role.On the whole, 'While We're Young' expresses many emotions in those 94-minutes. But its done masterfully. Two Big Thumbs Up!
Relatable and hilarious -- like a highbrow "This Is 40" (by nedkotte)
After seeing the trailer for While We're Young last week I was reminded what a wonderful and smart comedy this is. It was my favorite movie from TIFF last year, and one of Baumbach's best.Anyone over 40 will relate to Josh Ben Stiller and Cornelia Naomi Watts , a married couple in a rut. It's that painful experience of realizing that you've grown up without even trying to, and it's hard to see what's still possible when your body is reminding you that half of your life is already behind you. Baumbach is able to turn this experience into a hilarious and heartwarming <more>
story, and that is no small feat. It's serious stuff.I remember his debut feature Kicking and Screaming as a seminal movie of my 20s. If you've seen it, you might have the same feeling watching While We're Young that I did. It was like I'd watched Noah Baumbach grow up through his films and characters. I suspect if you watched all his movies in sequence it would be quite powerful. Maybe Noah Baumbach is due for a retrospective titled "Manhood" ??Highly recommend seeing this. Performances are excellent across the board. Charles Grodin is a living legend!
An ode to age, cinema, and youthful idealism (by StevePulaski)
Noah Baumbach's "While We're Young" is a loving ode to age, cinema, and youthful idealism, showing the apparent generational differences that come to life when two couples, one in their mid-twenties and one approaching forty, are contrasted. We focus on Josh Ben Stiller and Cornelia Naomi Watts , a middle-aged couple who are leading a rocky marriage while living in New York. Josh has been working on his ambitious documentary for almost a decade, following success with his debut, and the couple are struggling with the possibility of having kids following two miscarriages. <more>
They watch all of their friends invest their entire lives in their children while they maintain an incredible amount of freedom but wade in the water instead of looking to seize it.The two are then greeted by Jamie and Darby Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried , whom Josh met while teaching a film class at a college. They go out to dinner to discover that Jamie is a documentarian himself, gaining a lot of influence from Josh's films, while capitalizing off of his own plethora of ideas. He has several ideas for films, an extensive record collection, and many other projects he'd like to begin working on, and she makes her own ice cream, takes lessons in hip-hop dancing, and takes on the world with an impulsiveness. All of these traits make Josh and Cornelia drawn to this couple; as Cornelia tells a friend, it's as if they predicate their lives around things that they themselves once had but threw out. They were these people until life happened and took that opportunity and ambitiousness away from them, so they believe.In addition, Josh is struggling to finish his documentary due to disorganized continuity and a lack of funding from a grant he has relied on. No matter what he does, however, Josh feels inadequate alongside Cornelia's father Leslie Breitbart Charles Grodin , a renowned documentarian. This puts Josh at an increasing fascination at the idealism Jamie and Darby exude, and the opportunity to immerse himself in their lives arrives when Jamie announces production on his latest documentary, which transcends online interactions into personal ones.Baumbach is in a great position to patronize or satirize the characters in "While We're Young," specifically the idealistic millennials who can occasionally seem to tread the line of being parodies then again, they reside in New York, so perhaps they're real-life souls . However, he is much too concerned with the metaphorical mirror Josh and Cornelia seem to be looking into when they go out with Jamie and Darby, and how time and lack of interest in personal enrichment has made them forget who they once were. Josh echoes an idea about his generation that I, a millennial myself, have long possessed about the generation of baby boomers and the generation before them; they are more concerned with success and results rather than the process it takes to obtain such things. The paycheck and their own line of work defines their self-worth rather than their own interests and how they choose to capitalize off their interests. Personally, I look at my parents and see two bright people defined almost entirely by their work and not by their own personalities, which too have been dictated by their fields and the immense amount of time they put into them."While We're Young" doesn't argue which lifestyle is better, whether millennials are simply impressionable and giddy with all the mediums to exercise their creativity, or if the baby boomer generation is really too concerned with personal self-worth based on occupation. We are given enough slack as audience members to make those kind of conclusions ourselves. Baumbach gives us the realistic interactions between two very different groups, analyzing common attributes about both, drawing characters that we can simultaneously like and dislike depending on circumstances, and sprinkle ample amounts of humor revolving around situational awkwardness or the generation gap itself. His treatment and handling of the material is perfect because it shows both respect and humor.In many ways, this feels like the more sophisticated, humble version of "This is 40," the follow up to "Knocked Up," two films I hailed for painting age, both young and old, with a sense of realism and ribald comedy. "While We're Young" is much more low-key, but it's also given the Baumbach touch of showing not telling in the case of giving us characters rich with attributes and situations ripe with commentary for us to analyze and discuss. The film may not be quite as slight and elegant as his predecessor "Frances Ha," but it operates on a different playing ground; I walked out of that film with a smile on my face and I walked out of this one with more in my mind to observe in the people I watch in my day to day life.
Had a Woody Allen feel to the film but the cast were all great together. Big fan of Ben Stiller as he always plays the perfect set up guy. Many great parts to the film and a good story line and Charles Grodin was great in his role! We loved the movie and it was not boring at all! Movie takes you back a bit and the story gets you thinking. Some of the music helped take you back as well! Story was about documentary movie making starting from Charles Grodin Naomi Watts father who won awards for his film making and Ben Stiller who had some good work,but he never felt good enough,down to a young <more>
couple of future movie makers that latched onto Ben Stiller because of being related to Charles Grodin as Ben Stiller was being used for the new guys own personal advancement to get in the circle and how Ben Stiller finally figured it all out! Great Story and very well done as he finally learned how everything was good enough after all that had happened!
Genuinely Funny and Searingly Poignant, One of Ben Stiller's Best (by prospectus_capricornium)
None of WHILE WE'RE YOUNG's themes is too difficult to grasp. It is intended to depict the harsh and sad realities and complexities of marriage, of growing old, of immaturity and maturity—of life, in general. It is on such pit of truths, that this new Ben Stiller movie digs its poignant material, enabling itself to deliver no less than pungent but honest result.WHILE WE'RE YOUNG follows a problematic couple—Josh Stiller and Cornelia Naomi Watts —who at their mid-40's, have been struggling to have a baby. Josh is a documentary film maker, and has been on the verge of <more>
giving up the post-production of his latest film, until he and Cornelia meet a young couple—Jamie, Adam Driver and Darby Amanda Seyfried —who claim to be both fans of his work and the works of his father-in-law, Leslie Charles Grodin . The connection comes instant, as the older couple find themselves getting along with Jamie—who happened to be a film maker himself—and Darby, dumbfounded by how the young pair strike as the selves they wanted to be when they were young. Sooner than later, the two men are already working together, helping one another for their respective projects. It is from this point that the narrative goes beyond its intricacies.As the story grows even more complex, the mere title, WHILE WE'RE YOUNG, starts sounding almost self explanatory. There goes when both Josh and Cornelia couldn't anymore shrug off what they have missed, and they could do nothing but just further regret their decisions. The expositions go deeper, and the narrative flies past its lengths to deny life's realities, while also balancing its weight by throwing witty digressions—which more than often are smart and funny, by the way, thus, effective. It is mostly during these times that its power is most piercingly capable, turning its characters as the very vessels of its intentions, and it's not even bereft of humor, yet when it's most honest, WHILE WE'RE YOUNG cripples the heart. Ben Stiller proves to be more than anyone could think of him. He's an excellent and effective fit for his character, as is Naomi Watts, and together they make a believable pair. The other pair, Seyfried and Driver, is less sensible, but that doesn't make their part rudimentary against the other.WHILE WE'RE YOUNG, on the surface, will strike as merely a comical attempt to illustrate the uncertainties of aging, but on the inside, this movie is a smartly observed and searingly funny piece of art dealing effectively with life's imperfections, an enormous achievement that will satisfy both the hunger for genuine laughter, and the sentiments of the heart. It's 8/10 for me.
Does not add up to an experience that feels real (by howard.schumann)
Now 44, childless, arthritic, and stuck in career limbo, Josh Svebnick Ben Stiller, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" has the good sense to realize that life is passing him by. Though Josh and his wife Cornelia Naomi Watts, "St. Vincent" are okay with not having children after several miscarriages , they feel disconnected from their friends who have kids. Set in Brooklyn, New York, While We're Young, Noah Baumbach's "Frances Ha" latest bittersweet comedy is less abrasive than his previous films, but far from being a tribute to the human condition. <more>
Though not as angry and unpleasant as Roger Greenberg in Baumbach's 2010 film "Greenberg," Ben Stiller's Josh is hardly the picture of aliveness.His self-esteem, shaky to begin with, takes a further hit when his filmmaker father-in-law Leslie Breitbart Charles Grodin, "The Humbling" criticizes a six-and-a-half-hour documentary that he has been trying to finish for ten years. Breitbart tells him that it's "a six-and-a-half-hour film that's seven hours too long," leaving Josh to complain that the only emotions he has left are "wistful and disdainful." Josh and Cornelia, however, see in Jamie Massy Adam Driver, "Tracks" and his girlfriend Darby Amanda Seyfried, "Les Misérables" , a young couple that embodies the youthful energy that eludes them.Josh's relationship with Jamie begins promisingly. Feeling flattered by Jamie labeling everything he says as "beautiful," Josh agrees to help him with the documentary he is making, a decision he comes to rue. Jamie seems to fit Baumbach's picture of what "hipsterism" should look like. He uses a manual typewriter, collects vinyl records, rides his bike all over the city, disdains technology and social media, and talks in hipster lingo. To feel like one of the in-crowd, Josh wears a hat and rides a bike, while Cornelia does her part with dancing and exercising to rap music.The hipster thing goes overboard, however, when Josh and Cornelia agree to take part in an Ayahuasca ceremony led by an alleged shaman. Baumbach's view of these proceedings seems to be that vomiting is the most important part of the process. Needless to say, there is no hint as to what the experience may really be like beyond the media-driven "Me generation" stereotypes. Josh's partnership with Jamie soon begins to show strains, when Josh learns that Jamie used his film subjects - father-in-law Breitbart and History Professor Ira Mandelstam Peter Yarrow for his own personal film project. Josh views this, not as simple ambition or opportunism but as an example of the moral bankruptcy of today's youth.At a Lincoln Center dinner honoring Breitbart, the film brings up the issue of how documentaries have manipulated the truth to enhance their entertainment value, but it goes off on a tangent that ultimately conveys contradictory messages and a contrived ending. Without doubt, While We're Young is a very entertaining film. As in the typical Baumbach experience, there is an abundance of irritating characters, the requisite number of clever one-liners some even funny , snippets of redundant baroque music, and extensive use of foul language.Unfortunately, however, this time it does not add up to an experience that feels real. While we all deal with the loss of our youth differently, the film's facile conflict between middle-age and youth is overly calculated and is not illuminated by the suggestion that energy and enthusiasm are a function of age rather than of taking responsibility for our life and using our power to transform it – at any moment in time.
Overall, I really enjoyed the film. It's Good for a few laughs (by subxerogravity)
Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts play a childless middle age couple who after feeling the isolation from their closest friends after they had a baby, go though a mid-life crisis while befriending twenty something year old hipsters. I did like the movie as it explored cultural differences between grown ups and the young, and I like how the movie fairly explores the idea that each generation had a different perceptive and a different way of doing things , that's not wrong but just a sign of changing times. Sometimes, however I did feel the filmmakers personal view of the world, which I can <more>
relate to, beating me over the head. It reminds me of the Judd Aptow film, This is Forty in which it's a personal look at what the filmmaker possibly went through when he turned forty, but I must admit, While We're Young was better crafted.The Movie also reminds me of Nebraska, in the since that you'll like it more the more you have in common with the characters, but there a lot of character to get along with.Ad Rock from the Besatie Boys is in it, as a middle age man who just became a new dad and who he and his wife's life is now going in a different direction than their same age childless best friends.Adam Driver is also in the movie. I like seeing this guy on the screen, even though the majority of the characters he's plays are hipsters, which I hate, but it was interesting watching him interact with Ben.And speaking of Ben, he did a great job interacting with everyone in the movie. My personal favorite was his interaction with Charles Grodin who played his step-father.The movie is good for a few giggles and well acted, I can feel everything each character was going through and the story flows every nicely.Highly recommend.