While We’re Young [ Theatrical]
The latest effort from director Noah Baumback, While We’re Young, is a comedy of sorts about the tendency time has of creeping up on you when you least expect it.
Taking its lead from the realization that dawns upon all of us eventually that we’re no longer the youthful sprites we have always envisioned ourselves as, it’s a unique tale that pits the generations against each other in a subtle and often incredibly barb- filled way. Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts play Josh and Cornelia Shrebnick, a married couple who are documentary filmmaker and producer, respectively. Josh is struggling to finish what he had hoped to be his magnum opus, while Cornelia works with his main rival, Leslie Breibart, played by Charles Grodin, something that Josh isn’t entirely happy about, but has learned to accept. When the couple meet Adam Driver’s Jamie, also a filmmaker, and his wife Darby ( Amanda Seyfried), ambitious 20- somethings with a real sense of irreverence towards the past, they find themselves realizing that their lives have, somewhere along the line, started to pass them by. While the overarching tone here is certainly a dramatic one, with plenty of introspective soul searching, there are plenty of laughs to be had, mostly coming at the expense of Josh and his irreversible fall towards the perils of his middle ages. Soon it becomes apparent that Jamie’s fawning over Josh’s past success may not be quite what it appears, and things eventually come to a head as Josh faces up to the fact that he is now, in his own words, “an old man.” Baumback does a fine job of keeping everything together here for a movie that works on a great number of levels, and it’s definitely one that’s worth checking out if you get the chance.