With excruciating honesty, Noah Baumbach’s acclaimed third feature—which marked a turn toward an increasingly personal style—chronicles the experiences of two young brothers growing up in 1980s Park Slope, Brooklyn, as they navigate the jagged contours of the divorce of their parents, both writers.
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Divorce isn't awesome, but this movie certainly is. Despite the headcase moments from the parents and the kids, this is a movie that shows a deep affection for its characters, with their petty grievances, foibles and all in full view. It's tough to love your family sometimes, but "The Squid and The Whale" shows that even the most dysfunctional families can come together at times when it absolutely matters.
The film is about as self centred as the father. I'll describe the film as inwardly dense, kafkaesque in the description of the parenthood tasks. And by the way, both are terrible parent, not because of what they do but because of what they do not do)
I enjoyed this film a lot. Laura Linney is fantastic and Jeff Daniels acts wonderfully too (his character is difficult to love, but acted with real direction and commitment). This film's screenplay is very good and the film as a whole is wonderfully constructed. I really enjoyed this even if it is a ultimately more whimsical than philosophical