I appreciated the storyline despite the fact that Nicole Holofcener didn't came up with a great script for this drama. Somehow i liked enough how things progressed and much important i found some characters very likeable. First of all, Ben Mendelsohn's wonderful turn as a relatively normal divorcee is the best thing about this movie. And then we have Thomas Mann and that kid from Ozark. 6.5/10
Looks like a Woody Allen film of the late 80's, without Mr. Allen's mastery of dialogues and natural talent. The main character is egocentric and one doesn't feel an ounce of empathy for him. Young adults are described as immature and women as rational and materialist, in a positive way. Cold movie in a cold location. Already forgotten.
Although not the first to make the comparison, Habits largely recalls American Beauty with the benefit of humanity. It seems distinctly concerned with late phases of white and male privileges but not just as punchline - the sadness and disconnect are not a mere symptom of narcissism. Familiar, and with modest problems, it is successful for the elegance and simplicity with which it handles these issues.
A curious blend of straight, white American drama with moments of more challenging material squarely aimed at a middle-aged audience. An audience that spent some time on the wild side in their youth before conforming and is now feeling challenged by their own kids rebellions and a yearning for that lost bit of their own rebellious nature. 3 stars
I really like Nicole Holofcener, and it's to her credit that she doesn't bend over backwards to garner esteem. She makes populist adult entertainment w/ sober insight + little fuss. From the standpoint of milieu and basic dramaturgy, there would not seem to be anything radical or convention-shirking about what she does. However, few popular artists can touch her grasp of the social dimension of individual identity.
A true misfire. It's the "Netflix effect": so many talented directors have produced subpar, mediocre movies for the streaming giant. Holofcener's latest effort is a completely unremarkable, redundant, predictable tale of suburban ennui, middle age crises, first world problems, white privilege, McMansions, BMWs, absent parents, teenage angst etc, Also, Ben Stiller would have fared better than Mendelsohn.