Based on the autobiography of the director Noah Baumbach, The Squid and the Whale tells the touching and hilarious story of two young boys dealing with their eccentric parents’ divorce and various other growing pains in Brooklyn in the 1980s.
Baumbach made his writing and directing debut at the age of 26 with Kicking and Screaming (1995), a comedy about four young men who graduate from college and refuse to move on with their lives. The film starred Josh Hamilton, Chris Eigeman, and Carlos Jacott and premiered in 1995 at the New York Film Festival. Baumbach was chosen as one of Newsweek ’s “Ten New Faces of 1996”.
In 1997 he wrote and directed Mr. Jealousy, a film about a young writer so jealous about his girlfriend that he sneaks into the group therapy sessions of her ex-boyfriend to discover what kind of relationship they had. He then co-wrote (under the name Jesse Carter) and directed (under the name Ernie Fusco) the New York-set comedy of manners Highball. He co-wrote The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) with Wes Anderson.
His 2005 film The Squid and the Whale was a semi-autobiographical comedy-drama about his childhood in Brooklyn and the effect… read more
Baumbach wrote and directed this wonderful piece that examined the influence of a couple's seperation not only on their narcisstic selves but on their children. Jesse Eisenberg's first taste of success came with this picture but it was young Owen Kline who really shone. Linney and Daniels were very believable as their parental units. Sharp acerbic dialoque married with a naturalistic look and a satisfying song score.
Among many other things (a stinging social satire of the cultural elite, for example.), this is a film about shame, self-assertion and the way kids are often manipulated into fighting battles on their parents’ behalf. It's this latter perspective that gives the acutely observed film its surprising emotional resonance, in addition to lively, against-type performances from Daniels, Linney and the emerging Eisenberg
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What I think I love about this so much, is that the characters are so ruthless and dead on. Finally a movie where people aren’t so nice all the time. Not one character is perfect, they’re all screwed… read review
I keep seeing “funny” pop up in reviews of this movie but I found absolutely no humor in it. Maybe it’s because I watched the movie alone, and maybe it’s because some of the situations resonated with… read review
This film slipped under my radar for a few years (I knew about it, but I neveer got around to watch it). Then, I saw it at Books-A-Million for under seven bucks, and so I picked it up. Probably one… read review