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Middle-aged couple Josh and Cornelia Srebnick are filmmakers living in a shaky marriage in New York City. Josh has spent the last 10 years struggling on the post-production of his documentary film about leftist intellectual Ira Mandelstam while not letting his producer wife help him with the project.
While We Are Young
After finishing a lecture at the college where he teaches, Josh is approached by Jamie and Darby Massey, a young couple who invite him and Cornelia out to dinner. Jamie claims to be a fan of Josh's work and the works of his accomplished documentary filmmaker father-in-law, Leslie Breitbart. Josh is immediately awestruck by Jamie and Darby's non-conservative outlook on life as he and Cornelia begin spending more and more time with them, joining in on their bohemian lifestyle.
An aspiring filmmaker himself, Jamie talks with Josh about their projects, including Josh's own documentary. This inspires Jamie to make a film about connecting with an old high school friend that he found on Facebook. Jamie and Darby invite Josh and Cornelia to an ayahuasca ceremony where a hallucinating Cornelia kisses Jamie while Jamie receives Josh's approval in helping with the production of his film. Cornelia agrees to produce the film. Jamie and Josh find the old friend, Kent Arlington, who is in the hospital after a suicide attempt. Josh and Jamie discover that Kent was involved in a civilian massacre during an Army tour in Afghanistan, creating an even bigger story for Jamie's film.
One year later, Josh and Cornelia drive to the airport for a flight to Port-au-Prince, Haiti where they will adopt a newborn baby. Josh finds an article in a magazine lauding Jamie as a filmmaking genius, which Cornelia and Josh pass off by admitting, "He's not evil, he's just young." They then watch a young child at the gate playing with an iPhone, studying him as if to imply that yet another generation with disparate ethics and morals is approaching.
While We're Young is an interesting film that provoked mixed feelings upon a first viewing. While the film covers complex topics about getting older - the character development and plot seem messy at times and it concludes in a very inconsistent film. Getting older is an odd business. We know it happens to us, every day, every month, and every year. And yet, it also sneaks upon us. Hell, I feel I'm getting older every second of the day sometimes. Writer-director Noah Baumbach's film provides an interesting insight on the young and the "old". The film somehow makes us feel like our zest for life is rapidly depleting and our time is running out.
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Parents need to know that Noah Baumbach's While We're Young is a witty, quietly moving dramedy about growing up and growing old. It's likely to appeal more to older teens and adults than younger viewers, who aren't likely find its themes -- including identity crises, flirting outside your marriage, and the loss of your professional moorings -- particularly relatable. There's some kissing (including between married people and partners who aren't their spouses), a fair amount of swearing ("f--k," "s--t," and more), arguments/confrontations, some drinking, and an extended scene involving a psychedelic drug.
Josh (Ben Stiller) and Cornelia (Naomi Watts) are Manhattan fortysomething professionals -- he's a documentarian who's been working on his second movie for nearly a decade, she's a producer for her iconic filmmaker father (Charles Grodin). They're comfortably ensconced in their marriage, but that well-worn idyll is disrupted when they meet Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried), a twentysomething couple from Brooklyn who forces Josh and Cornelia to examine their complacency. Jamie wants to make a film, too, and does so with impressive speed and brashness; Darby makes artisanal ice cream and seems to pursue her interests, wherever they may take her. Josh and Cornelia feel stuck between the younger couple and their same-age friends, who've moved onto child-rearing, a task that they've yet to undertake ... and may never experience, not after so many years of exhausting, draining fertility treatments and miscarriages.
The saying holds that youth is wasted on the young. This morning, we have a story of people who realize they are growing just a bit older when they encounter two people not so far down the road. It's a film by the writer-director Noah Baumbach, and it's called "While We're Young." Kenneth Turan has a review.
KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: "While We're Young" is not a film about eternal youth, but rather about coming to terms with growing older. It's a sharp and satisfying satire about aging hipsters and their discontents that's everything we've come to expect from the best of Noah Baumbach. "While We're Young" features, as usual, the filmmaker's unblinking emotional honesty, as well as his impeccable ear for a contemporary dialogue. This time, however, he's intentionally set out to make an out-and-out adult comedy, and he succeeded. The film is set in that epicenter of contemporary cool that is the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn. It starts with married couple Josh and Cornelia, played by Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts. They're content with their lives or so they think until the 20-somethings Jamie, played by Adam Driver, and Darby, played by Amanda Seyfried, arrive on the scene. How could you not love young people who collect vinyl records, make their own artisanal ice cream and adventurously explore abandoned subway tunnels? Josh and Cornelia are entranced, especially after a doctor's visit has Josh worried about being old and square.
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Right on! There is no need to travel only when you are young before having kids and a house and all that. The majority of people have the time but not the money to travel when young, and when you get older its vice versa. But over the years and a couple of years later you earn both the money and the time, so why not bring the kids. If one truly loves to travel they can make it a priority. Why not share that with your family? I know of a number of people that travel with kids and love it. I really enjoy travelling now and will continue to do so as often as I can.
While We're Young offers two movies for the price of one. The first, about a married couple in their 40s coping with being rootless and middle-aged while lamenting the loss of their youth, is smartly-observed and relatable. The second, about dueling documentary filmmakers struggling over the meaning of truth in their medium, is dull and distancing. Writer/director Noah Baumbach tries with limited success to wed the two but the result reflects the split personality of the narrative components and leaves the audience more puzzled than satisfied.
Wisdom may come with age but it's accompanied by a powerful sense of denial. Few men and women in their 40s or 50s are completely comfortable with their age. The term "mid-life crisis" was coined to encapsulate the inability of older people to leave behind the trappings of their younger selves. As a character notes in While We're Young, a person's chronological age may be 40-something but the mind still thinks like that of a teenager not fully prepared to face the world. Parents are sometimes overwhelmed by the experience of having children because, on some level, they think of themselves as children. Most viewers will be able to relate to this; it's a universal theme. While We're Young certainly isn't the first (or best) movie to address this and it won't be the last. When Baumbach mines this ore, he has found a rich vein. His screenplay is replete with witty asides and amusing anecdotes. There are echoes of Woody Allen. Unfortunately, the movie goes off track when it starts investigating the importance of truth and integrity in documentaries - topics about which Baumbach fails to provide sufficient motivation for anyone outside the filmmaking community to care about. We have to grind our way through scenes of Ben Stiller, Charles Grodin, and Adam Driver discussing their views before getting back to material that works on a human level.
In addressing the issue of how individuals and couples change with age, Baumbach does some interesting things. He contrasts the 20-something couple (Jamie and Darby) with the 40-something couple (Josh and Cordelia) but with an intriguing role-reversal. Josh and Cordelia are shown as having a strong affinity for electronic devices and new technologies (cell phones, tablets, watching Netflix on a flat screen TV) while Jamie and Darby surround themselves with old-school items: books and manual typewriters. The couples have little in common but are fascinated by each other and interested in "sampling." It's the "grass is always greener" syndrome. Baumbach is 45 (roughly the same age as Josh) so he writes from personal experience. He knows what these characters are feeling which is the reason why the human elements resonate with authenticity - a quality that fades when While We're Young wanders off on the tangent about what constitutes a legitimate documentary. 041b061a72