Friday, July 9, 2010

Greenberg

Director: Noah Baumbach ("The Squid and the Whale")

Starring: Ben Stiller, Greta Gerwig, Rhys Ifans, Jennifer Jason Leigh

This Noah Baumbach movie has Ben Stiller (The Night At The Museum), as
New Yorker, Roger Greenberg, recovering from a nervous breakdown and house-sitting for his absentee brother. The self-obsessed bachelor lives in the shadow of his more successful sibling but takes opportunity to start again in LA reconnecting with old friends including his former band mate, Ivan (Rhys Ifans – Twin Town). However things are no longer as they once were. Meantime romance of sorts blossoms as Greenberg and his brother's personal assistant Florence (Greta Gerwig) finally get together after a false start. Superb performance from Greta Gerwig is the highlight of the movie and Stiller, to be fair, is not too bad either in this Woody Allenesque comedy. Rhys Ifans puts in a good effort as the long suffering friend and the movie does contain some clever dialogue in places, so it is worth seeing.



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