The Squid and the Whale Image

Universal acclaim - based on 37 Critics

User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 277 Ratings

Summary: In 1986, In Brooklyn, New York, the dysfunctional family of pseudo intellectuals composed by the university professor Bernard and the prominent writer Joan split. Bernard is a selfish, cheap and jealous decadent writer that rationalizes every attitude in his family and life and does not accept "philistines" - people that do not read books or watch movies, while the unfaithful Joan is growing as a writer and has no problems with "philistines". Their sons, the teenager Walt and the boy Frank, feel the separation and take side: Walt stays with Bernard, and Frank with Joan, and both are affected with abnormal behaviors. Frank drinks booze and smears with sperm the books in the library and a locker in the dress room of his school. The messed-up and insecure Walt uses Roger Water's song "Hey You" in a festival as if it was of his own, and breaks with his girlfriend Sophie. Meanwhile Joan has an affair with Frank's tennis teacher Ivan and Bernard with his student Lili.
Runtime: 81 min
Rating: Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic dialogue and language.
Production: American Empirical Pictures
Genres: Drama, Comedy
Country: USA
Language: English
Home Release Date: Mar 21, 2006
Director Credit
Noah Baumbach Director
Writer Credit
Noah Baumbach Written By
Cast Credit
Anna Paquin Lili
Ben Schrank Graduate Student
Bo Berkman Graduate Student
Daniella Markowicz Graduate Student
David Benger Carl
Elizabeth Meriwether Graduate Student
Jeff Daniels Bernard Berkman
Jesse Eisenberg Walt Berkman
Laura Linney Joan Berkman
Matthew Kaplan Graduate Student
Matthew Kirsch Graduate Student
Molly Barton Graduate Student
Owen Kline Frank Berkman
Simon Kaplan Graduate Student
William Baldwin Ivan
Producer Credit
Andrew Lauren Executive Producer
Charlie Corwin Producer
Clara Markowicz Producer
Greg Johnson Executive Producer
Jennifer Roth Co-Producer
Miranda Bailey Executive Producer
Peter Newman Producer
Reverge Anselmo Executive Producer
Wes Anderson Producer Movie title data, credits, and poster art provided by: