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Greenberg

2010 Comedy Drama

A fortysomething New Yorker in the throes of a midlife crisis falls for his brother's assistant while house-sitting for his sibling in Los Angeles. Roger Greenberg (Ben Stiller) is single and jobless. He's at a crucial crossroads in life when his successful family-man brother summons him to Los Angeles to housesit for six weeks. Recognizing the opportunity to turn over a new leaf in a new city, Greenberg reaches out to his former bandmate Ivan (Rhys Ifans) and discovers that some old wounds aren't so quick to heal. When Greenberg meets his brother's pretty assistant, Florence (Greta Gerwig), a kindred spirit who longs to become a singer, he vows not to become too attached. But the more time Greenberg spends with Florence the more he begins to wonder whether he might have finally made a connection worth keeping. Jennifer Jason Leigh and Brie Larson co-star in a climacteric comedy drama from Oscar-nominated writer/director Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale, Margot at the Wedding). more..

Director: Noah Baumbach

Starring: Ben Stiller, Brie Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Juno Temple, Rhys Ifans

Reviews

  • The wonder of the film is how good it makes us feel. Greenberg scintillates with intelligence, razor's-edge humor and austere empathy for its struggling lovers.

    Joe Morgenstern - The Wall Street Journal

    26 April 2013

  • Greenberg is on every level the work of a more mature filmmaker, and quite possibly a happier man.

    Ella Taylor - NPR

    26 April 2013

  • Powerfully honest, insightful and poignant.

    Claudia Puig - USA Today

    26 April 2013

  • Baumbach's movies are addictive dispatches from a genteel jungle of white privilege, where highly educated people behave badly. I can't take my eyes off the exotic wildlife.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly

    26 April 2013

  • See this darkly comic character study unburdened by preconceptions.

    Peter Travers - Rolling Stone

    26 April 2013

Awards

  • Noah Baumbach

    Berlin International Film Festival (2010)

     
  • Best Screenplay, Original

    Central Ohio Film Critics Association (2011)

     
  • Greta Gerwig

    Gotham Awards (2010)

     
  • Best Cinematography

    Independent Spirit Awards (2011)

     
  • Top Independent Films

    National Board of Review (2010)