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How to be unhappy in the biggest city in North America, with the greatest number of cultural opportunities. Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney do a great job of being miserable, and it's always interesting to watch the young Jesse Eisenberg. Only a New Yorker could imitate Belmondo doing the lip job from Breathless as he is being loaded into an ambulance!
Not too interesting, but may be useful for parents... To understand how deep our kids depend on our behavour... Not important what we say. Important what we do...
Not much about this film held my interest. I really saw nothing in the story that mimicked real life. It bothered me that the youngest son was allowed to cuss so much and with such terrible words. Really didn't care much for this one at all.
The reviewer, ashleysears, hits the nail on the head with the review. This is one messed up family, there are some good laughs in the movie but overall the story and characters need some serious tweaking. Still a watchable movie.
title of this movie should be "how to ruin your relationship 101". jerk of a father clueless mother and two lost kids. i'm definitely making my kids to watch it as How Not To movie.
and bad language.
I honestly hated the son - just have your own thoughts, and stop putting all the blame on your mother. The father is so miserable. The youngest son needs some major therapy, which I don't understand why they don't get him in to see a doctor, but they get the oldest son one because he lied about writing a song. It's one messed up family, but by the end I was glad what happened between the dad and oldest son - he needed a break from that negativity and overbearing personality.
Lovely earnest film about two boys in Park Slope, Brooklyn as they witness the divorce of their lefty intellectual writer-parents.
Great small film. Highly recommended.
Super talented cast. Jeff Daniels - great as the pseudo-intellectual emotionally catatonic Dad: broke, cheap, and clueless in his delusional world of superiority. Laura Linney is terrific as his ex - evolving, growing, changing... no longer settling. Everyone's confused, lost. Searching. No one knows how or what to feel. The sons emulate their examples, whether it's treating females like sh*t; or plagiarizing (song)writers; or drinking booze at eight years old. A stirring piece, obviously straight from Mr. Baumbach's heart. The ending could've used a little tweaking. Still an excellent flick.
Interesting take on divorce, albeit anticlimactic, considering the building of tension throughout its whole running time.
Not sure where to begin. That happens when you are truly exhilerated. Good writing always gets to me and there's a lot of brilliant observation going on in this film. I find this family to be despicable, even that adorable little tyke. Of course the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. These brats need a new tree, something their horny mother already figured out for herself. What a disgusting character, this Bernie, the anthesis of the stoic male, so petty and self-centered and selfish. The scene in the restaurant where the son's girlfriend presents money to Bernie to cover her portion is so appalling because he actually takes it from her. Look quick and you'll catch Walt's double take on this action, suggesting that he too finds his father's cheapness surprizing. Yet he doesn't question Dad's rule about not wiping wet hands on paper towels. There are so many more scenes where Bernard goes about tallying up his score: "Those are my books" he says about some shelf items his wife has whisked away and hidden in the middle of the night under her small son's bed. The kid suggests that Dad remove them now since Mom is not around. Awful parents produce awful kids. None of these people are nice. This movie really challenges that age-old, worn-out, Urban Myth that families are something to be cherished. Not really. And Noah Baumbach knows that. He survived that. My favorite wisdom in this movie is the admission that both children are sexually active. Even the good girl fools around. What a relief that someone actually says it out loud. Yup. Children do have sex and they are having it right now, Mom. Surprize!
Really enjoyed this movie even if it was painful to watch - watching the kids navigate and take sides in their parents' separation is mesmerizing. Great writing great acting.
I don't think I've ever seen a film about divorce the included the perspective of the children. This is a frank and often disturbing film but ultimately an honest film.