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Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Q: What’s the movie about?

A: A man with every therapy-worthy clinical condition you can think of (Ben Stiller) comes to L.A. to do nothing in his brother's mansion, and begins an incredibly unhealthy affair with his brother's assistant (Greta Gerwig).

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Ben Stiller, Greta Gerwig, Rhys Ifans, Mark Duplass, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Chris Messina, Merritt Wever, Juno Temple, Brie Larson, Dave Franco, Jake Paltrow, Susan Traylor, Max Hoffman, Zach Chassler, Mina Badie

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketProceed with Caution. When the veteran indie filmmakers start imitating the newest indie filmmaking trend, Mumblecore, but they do it with a combination of A-list celebrities and Mumblecore true-hearts, you should always beware of pretension.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: There's a moment when Greta Gerwig, who is considered the queen of Mumblecore, looks at an old picture of Ben Stiller, from when he was in a band and laughs, "Look at you. You're trying so hard to look casual!" What's funny about that is it's exactly what this film is trying to do.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: It's sad and upsetting that any woman would allow herself to be treated the way Greenberg treats the lead actress, but many do.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: I can't imagine the Spirit Awards overlooking an opportunity to get both Ben Stiller and Noah Baumbach in a room by nominating them.

Q: How is the Acting?

A: Personally, I enjoy the hard core realistic look and feel of Mumblecore acting, but the sad reality that comes with it is that without makeup and with natural lighting, these actors aren't much to look at.

Q: How is the Directing?

A: If you weren't already getting nauseous at the idea of someone kissing Ben Stiller (in a non-joking manner and with bad lighting), Noah Baumbach invites you to throw up again, in the way he shoots Stiller having oral and later regular sex with the girl, who despite the fact that she claims to like him, also looks like she might lose her lunch at any moment.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: Dark. Possibly comedic, although I'm not sold on that. The most laughs were gotten by the aforementioned sex scenes. But I think people were only laughing so as to hold back vomit. The dialogue is interestingly narcissistic. If you're an aspiring writer trying to get noticed, I recommend you imitate it. Not hard to do. Simply, every time one character says something, the next one replies with something completely unrelated that is about himself, and they go back and forth, until both people are talking out loud about their own issues without listening to, or responding to the conversation occurring next to them. People tend to think that stuff is brilliant, so go crazy.

Q: Where can I see the trailer?


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Lisa said...

hilarious review. I'm guessing it's funnier than the film?

Monique Elisabeth said...

Thanks, Lisa. My friend Sheryl said she liked the review more than the film. But she's the one who recommended the film to me, so who can trust her?