Hip New York director Noah Baumbach’s latest film features a stellar cast.
Noah Baumbach follows up the acclaimed “Frances Ha” with another tale of New Yorkers on the verge of a nervous breakdown. “While We’re Young” reunites the director with Ben Stiller (from his 2010 film “Greenberg”) alongside man of the moment Adam Driver, Naomi Watts and Amanda Seyfried.
Stiller is a documentary maker Josh, married to Cornelia (Watts) who meets wannabe film director Jamie (Driver) and his partner Darby (Seyfried). The two couples start to hang out and Josh and Cornelia recapture some of their youthfulness thanks to the younger couple’s joie de vivre and hipster obsessions. But doubt start to creep in about Jamie’s motives and morals, and Josh and Cornelia’s friends start to question their behaviour.
The film can come across as being smug and judgmental about the younger generation, but it is packed with enough of Baumbach’s smart dialogue, funny set scenes and compassion for human emotions that it is well worth watching.
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