While a truly original comedy, While We're Young is the rare one that also laces rich thematic elements with wonderfully drawn characters to create a picture that's as genuinely hilarious as it is thoughtful about how hopes, ambitions, dreams and ideals of personal and creative accomplishments that ebb and flow across decades.
This is Noah Baumbach's finest work to date, covering BIG, massively appealing themes spanning youth, middle age, retirement, and how creativity works inside one's own self and how that translates to the love one gives or takes in their immediate circles of friends, family, and lovers. The acting is superb from every main character... so much so I had strong feelings of both love and disgust towards each one of them throughout the duration of the film.
This is the perfect example of why dramatic comedy is one of my favorites genres. Noah Baumbach does an excellent job showing us the good and the bad side of this kind of friendship.
The performances are great and the script quiet interesting and contemporary, I don't understand why this film was indifferent to the audience, for me was great.
Baumbach is never likely to make a film that doesn't engage with interesting issue, but on this occasion he's made something smart and relevant that really brings the funny, arguably making this his most widely appealing film to date.
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.
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While We're Young
As Ben and Naomi struggles keeping up with the people of their age, there is an unsatisfied tone from the first sequence of the movie which stays with the audience the whole way and surprisingly this helps connecting it. While We're Young is one of the finest fresh baked idea coming from Noah and he uses it well depicting generations through a common media and its amusing perspectives that offers us these little chuckles in this smart drama. The resemblance towards Ben's character speaks itself of his work along with such a great cast; Naomi and Adam are brilliant too. A light drama which does not work on a larger margin to make your heart pump faster but it sure is intriguing enough to keep you invested in it for 97 minutes.
Baumbach does Woody. A 40-something couple, documentary filmmakers, struggling with fertility and career issues, find themselves smitten by a younger couple's seemingly pure, creative life. There are some very funny moments, particularly pertaining to Josh's tedious, pretentious documentary that focuses on a Chomsky-like character. Much of the first half is predictable, but things spark up a bit as it when a conflict develops between Josh and his protege, who turns out to be more ambitious and sneaky than he seemed to be. This is not my favorite from Baumbach, but it is still worth watching.
WHILE WE'RE YOUNG is yet one more pseudo-intellectual clap trap of a film from the grossly untalented Noah Baumbach. There is not an ounce of originality or genuineness in this utterly false film that contradicts itself at every turn and is just as self-indulgent as its banal characters.
A very Woody Allen-esque rom-drom about a very "white" sub-cultural non-phenom of childless guilt. I'm a white guy and even I saw this as so white bread! How this film was greenlit for the big screen is beyond me, it's the perfect fodder for Lifetime or WE. The pace, dialogue, scenery is all so banal and boring. Even the lead character Josh says this self-aware line when conversing with hedge fund Dave (played by Ryan Serhant from "MDLNY", the primary reason I even attempted this) "As with many boring things, the longer you watch it, it takes on a different dimension." Except the longer you watch this the only different dimension you'll encounter is your own dream life (because, um, you'll fall asleep.)
"The Family Guy" did a similar treatment of older couple trying to keep up with a younger couple to far greater effect and interest at a fraction of the cost. I guess films of this low caliber are made simply as a paycheck mechanism for career actors. Every film, every tv show, every song can't be a hit but they keep the ball moving forward, everyone employed.