While We’re Young [ The­atri­cal]

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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.

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