Meyerowitz more snack than meal

Edmonton Sun - - SHOWBIZ - — the Wash­ing­ton Post 1 hour, 50 mins.

the lat­est film by Noah baum­bach, which is be­ing re­leased on Net­flix, feels like a finely tex­tured but un­fin­ished suit. With a ti­tle evok­ing a col­lec­tion of lit­er­ary vi­gnettes, tells a tale that, like the writer-di­rec­tor’s best work (The Squid and the Whale, Frances Ha), is stitched to­gether from the in­ci­sively cut fab­ric of life among New york city’s striv­ing, neu­rotic cul­turati.

baum­bach, the son of film crit­ics Ge­or­gia brown and Jonathan baum­bach, grew up swim­ming in wa­ters teem­ing with Man­hat­tan’s artsy— and, at times, sharky — elites. and he gets one thing ex­actly right here: the de­pic­tion of the em­bit­tered and too-smart-for-hisown-good artist.

but struc­turally, The Meyerowitz Sto­ries is a shape­less and baggy thing. the artist in ques­tion is ag­ing sculp­tor Harold Meyerowitz (dustin Hoff­man), and the story (or as­sem­blage of half-sto­ries) re­volves around his dys­func­tional fam­ily, in­clud­ing: three adult chil­dren (adam San­dler, ben Stiller and the ap­pro­pri­ately named el­iz­a­beth Mar­vel); a teenage grand­child (Grace Van Pat­ten); and his fourth wife (emma thomp­son, in peak loopy mode, chan­nelling a hy­brid of Nanny McPhee and Harry Pot­ter’s Sy­bill trelawny).

the act­ing is im­pec­ca­ble all around, and there is an un­de­ni­able, if per­verse, ap­peal to spend­ing time with th­ese dam­aged but en­ter­tain­ing in­di­vid­u­als. but The Meyerowitz Sto­ries (New and Se­lected) only makes for a bag of tasty snacks.

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