Greenberg got older and bitter. A man with an inferiority complex as big as his ego, Brad is a delusional, insecure, entitled, egotist, self-centered male in his late Forties. Luckily, this parable delivers no uplifting, positive message. As in real life, there are no real epiphanies, no changes of heart, no deep transformations. Ben Stiller is the epitome of White American bourgeois malcontent in the Facebook era.
Aside from wearing too much make-up Ben Stiller really puts his emotions bravely on the line here in this very topical look at ageing, jealousy, entitlement, self-worth and fulfilment. Supporting cast are all great, particularly Austin Abrams the son who provide the perfect teenage mumble and grounded balance for Dad. Never judge a book by it's status update. 3.5 stars
A deeply uncomfortable investigation of male delusion. Very good. My critique: it doesn't quite add up that the wife and son would have so much love for such a narcissistic neurotic. The wife character was ridiculously underdeveloped and probably shouldn't have been a character in the main narrative. It would've worked well if she was just a voice in the opening scene and then only featured in the flashbacky moments.
plus a half star. this is the type of film where the character emotion is messed up but in individual way. Like so... private. maybe there's even one who notice that or maybe the caracter it self didn't realize it and become selfish. and Mike White choose to had a narrator for the film and that was the risky thing for dramedy like this. but the results is very good.
Existential comedy that relies heavily on inner monologue, which brings humor out of otherwise dark places. It's not quite "Adaptation" level of quality but it's recommendable little flick for moody afternoons that presents the problems of self-worthiness and accomplishment as a state of mind of the individual and not society as a whole.
Nothing objectionable here, but is Brad really the most worthy of our critical appraisal right now? It's such a precise indictment of this obliviousness, this entitlement, that you'll see its premise and agree early on. As such, it would have been nice to see more bite, or a subject whose revelations won't seem so contrived to the rest of us. 2.5