Tuesday, April 19, 2011


A film I expected to hate, or at least be impartial towards, but it was a very pleasant surprise. Ben Stiller plays Roger Greenberg, an angry forty-something with mental health problems who returns to Los Angeles after a fifteen year absence to house-sit at his successful brother's house. He begins a relationship with Florence, his brother's personal assistant. Greta Gerwig plays Florence and she was  excellent as another lost soul without any semblance of a spine. It's a Noah Baumbach film so it's about neurotic navel-gazers but it was also compelling and, I think, ultimately humanistic.

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