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While We're Young

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Witty, observant, salty comedy about work, love, babies.

Movie R 2015 97 minutes
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The quiet genius of WHILE WE'RE YOUNG is how it works on so many different levels. At first, it seems to empathize with befuddled Gen X types who now find themselves on the other end of the generation gap, no longer the upstarts who befuddled those who came before. When did this happen? How did this happen? And do we really have arthritis and (gasp!) need reading glasses? But the film also appears to understand the boldness of youth, of Millennials who are finding the value in the objects and cultural touchstones that Gen X-ers have thrown away in their haste to make a name for themselves -- but who are also still rying to make their way in an increasingly intractable landscape. How do you get ahead? Who do you have to be to do so?

That the film is gifted with a superb cast is the icing on this artisanal cake: From Stiller, who's managed to occupy Josh in such a sympathetic and believable way, to Watts to the incomparable Grodin, who's woefully underused in movies today. (And casting former Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz as a new dad in his 40s giving into his fatherhood with grace and humor is brilliant.) While We're Young hits few false notes. The animosity between Josh and his father-in-law is a little overdone, but the movie is a treat ... and a reality check.

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