Directed by Noah Baumbach
Part of Noah Baumbach: Visibly Human
“It is the funniest and saddest movie Mr. Baumbach has made so far, and also the riskiest.” —New York Times
This film strikes a perfect tone between disillusionment and vulnerability in portraying the midlife crisis of Roger Greenberg (Ben Stiller). Still fragile from a recent nervous breakdown, Roger accepts a housesitting stint for his brother in Los Angeles. There he meets California cool housekeeper Florence (Greta Gerwig), who offers a refreshing change from his crew of judgmental friends. Defensive, hypercritical, and narcissistic to his core, Roger is a purely Baumbach-style character drawn with a certain measure of warmth, sympathy, and understanding. 2010, 35mm, 107 minutes.