Is "Cringeworthy" now a Genre? If so, this must be a significant example. Casting is perfect, with three of the most Cringeworthy actors in Hollywood: Dustin Hoffman, Ben Stiller, and Adam Sandler. Sandler's singing is as bad as could possibly be and still be believable. His limp is a brilliant idea, as it makes him look like even more of a jerk than he probably really is. 2.7*Curb Your Enthusiasm without the jokes.
Magnifique et authentique (mais peut-être trop hermétique émotionnellement) portrait d'une famille dont les racines paternelles auront envenimé tout son entourage, de génération en génération, par son égocentrisme malsain. Vivre dans l'ombre des autres peut être difficile, mais cette anecdote familiale se traduit par l'humour et le cynisme, grâce à des interprètes saisissants (Sandler, Stiller, Marvel, Hoffman)
Dialogue, dialogue and more. This really moves along at a cracking pace in that wordy, neurotic Woody Allen flavour. Digging deep into the deeply flawed family unit there is much to like here with great performances across the board. A touch too long for my money. 3 stars
8.5/10. Sweet, funny and tinged with that love-hate feeling you reserve for family, THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES is a terrific, poignant achievement. The cast all bring top notch performances only enhanced by the humorous cinematic conventions that Baumbach employs.
I always appreciate movies that put cinematic experimentation at the service of human emotion, especially when it's done in such a playful way. But the movie ultimately didn't work as a whole. It feels lopsided, the 1st half much better than the 2nd. In the latter the movie overreaches, failing to make its tangential screwball drama work, when it really doesn’t even have to try, since its quieter scenes are so good.
An old father on a hospital bed forces three siblings to spend some time together and re-discover each other; all that sounds like a story we have already seen on screen hundreds of times. But Baumbach brings his own touch - dry humour, hyper-articulate characters, incisive dialogues - and what a film he makes! A slow-burning dramedy that looks at the intimacy of a disconnected family with fresh and melancholic eyes.
I can see how a Woody Allen fan might appreciate it; I am not, and did not. These characters are exhaustingly pretentious and self-absorbed, and the film's treatment of them is shallow and cruel. The pornographic subplot with young Grace Van Patten, who might be the only sympathetic character in the film, is weird and even creepy.
Noah Baumbach’s The Royal Tenenbaums is dry, shallow and pretentious, which makes me question why I still bother to watch his films. Still, it’s nice to see Sandler in something of a credible role for the first time in years, and the Sigourney Weaver cameo was entirely welcome.