Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Unhealthy relationship is focus of darkly funny adult drama.

R 2010 107 minutes

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age 16+

Ben Stiller plays against type

We all know what comes to mind when one says "I'm gonna watch a Ben Stiller movie:" "Night at the Museum," "Tropic Thunder," "Dodgeball." All perfectly OK films, especially the 2nd mentioned, but Stiller's known for portraying a broad comedic role he's comfortable in. NOTHING is comfortable about his Greenberg, a man who insists to everybody he does nothing. Greenberg wants you to know he doesn't care about much, and Noah Baumbach wants you to know Greenberg, because we all know a Greenberg, don't we? Surrounded by a game cast with the likes of the very charismatic Greta Gerwig and the enjoyable Rhys Ifans, it's very hard to root for the main character, as he's very unlikable. But he's also surprisingly human, something rarer and rarer in romantic comedies, despite this being decidedly on the dramatic side.

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age 17+

a dark indie dramedy, good character study.

Roger Greenberg (Ben Stiller), single, fortyish and at a crossroads in his life, finds himself in Los Angeles, house-sitting for six weeks for his more successful/married-with-children brother. In search of a place to restart his life, Greenberg tries to reconnect with old friends including his former bandmate Ivan (Rhys Ifans). But old friends aren't necessarily still best friends, and Greenberg soon finds himself spending more and more time with his brother's personal assistant Florence (Greta Gerwig), an aspiring singer and also something of a lost soul. Despite his best attempts not to be drawn in, Greenberg and Florence manage to forge a connection, and Greenberg realizes he may at last have found a reason to be happy. first of all this movie is not everyone's cup of tea, its extremely slow moving, nothing much really happens all the time, annoying, boring, simple moving. its an indie drama, and a decent one. i am watching alot of indie movies nowadays, but good ones. this one if may not be the very best indie movie this year but a very decent one. a decent and fair attempt by Noah Baumbach. This movie is just superb the way it is, it is a simple character study of the guy played by Ben Stiller, who by the way shocked me by playing this character exceptionally well, the only thing after the relax and smooth movement of the movie that kept me going was him and his performance. just superb. no doubt his best performance ever. i loved his character, the "I Hate everybody and everything" type and the unlikable very moody kind, certainly very good witty and dark character. loved it totally. Greta Gerwig and Rhys ifans were decent. so good performances all in all. directions is good, screenplay is decent just a little bit towards end trips a little bit. overall decent effort. dialogues were good and the way story and plot goes is really good. as i said the way this movie is i really liked and the second most favorite thing is Ben's character. its a dark dry indie comedy drama, not like any other movie, its different but good. stellar and moving movie. above average. Watch it i'll say.

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