Summary: I stumbled upon this gem of a movie last night, and today I am grateful that I did. Roger Greenberg is a lost man. He might have been a major rock musician, but that went nowhere, thanks to his own hubris. He might have been a successful carpenter, but he is now relegated to building his brother a dog house. He might have had long-standing girlfriend, but he managed to sabotage that, too.
Summary: I was under the impression that this would be another wacky Ben Stiller comedy. When I started watching it and learned that Noah Baumbach (who had previously made the excellent 'Margot at the Wedding') was the director, I knew this was going to be a different kind of movie that would probably reveal a different side of Ben Stiller's acting.
Summary: You know those fleeting, inelegant moments and transitory, almost Seinfeldian scenarios in our lives that, unlike on Seinfeld, we never really talk about, because they betray how clueless and insecure we all are? You know how we'll go to parties basically to see one person and find we're inept at opening up and socializing with anyone else?
Noah Baumbach and a (serious) Ben Stiller combine forces on this character piece.
10 August 2010
Summary: "A shrink said to me once that I have trouble living in the present, so I linger on the past because I felt like I never really lived it in the first place, you know?" Greenberg is a drama about...Greenberg. Roger Greenberg (Ben Stiller), to be specific. A 40 year-old New Yorker who returns to Los Angeles to stay at his successful brother's home while he and his family are away on a trip.
Summary: Greenberg is one of those films where you have to say wow, the performance are Oscar worthy, but trying to get through it, you say, oh will it ever end, puleeeese. I wish I could end my review right there, because that says it all, but IMDb requires a certain amount of lines. This is Ben Stiller's chance at Punch Drunk Love but unfortunately it is just a jumbled mess.
I hope this movie isn't a reflextion on reality...
30 June 2010
Summary: I just spent a couple hours struggling through this cinema of confusion. I kept waiting for the film to get better but alas.... it never did. Stiller plays a confused, disillusioned human being and that's exactly what overwhelms this film. It's depressing, distressing, and grievous to watch minute after minute of pointlessness. Do women actually give themselves up to complete strangers without protest? I certainly hope not...
Character study may not be for everyone, but there's much to see
Dan Franzen (dfranzen70), IMDb
19 April 2010
Summary: Greenberg, about a discontented 40 year old who's not at all sure what he's doing with his life, is a provocative slice of life - but it's not for all tastes. It moves slowly and demands extra attention, but even if you're really into the story you might wonder where those 107 minutes went. Ben Stiller, in a terrific performance, is the titular ne'er do well, an itinerant carpenter housesitting for his brother in Los Angeles for six weeks.
Brilliant, Heartwarming Character Study That's Not For Everybody
Eric M. Van (firstname.lastname@example.org), IMDb
1 April 2010
Summary: ... (which, if you've read the other reviews here, you know is a massive understatement). Let's start with the two obvious stumbling blocks to loving this rather astonishingly good and (for some) altogether life-affirming and lovable movie. -- The main character is pretty much a jerk. -- There's no plot. Now, realize: the main character is *supposed* to be unlikeable. And the movie does not try to have a plot.
Summary: This film was slightly misadvertised. It is not a "funny movie," it is a pseudo-slice of life movie with an eccentric but believable character. It is a comedy in the sense that it is not a tragedy. I enjoyed this film immensely. I found it very cathartic and realistic. It is "funny" in the sense that Ben Stiller is socially inappropriate at times, but honestly, it's not a "funny" film, and sometimes the film tries to be funny and definitely falls flat.
Summary: Greetings again from the darkness. Noah Baumbach wrote and directed the excellent "The Squid and the Whale", and it is with "Greenberg" that he really makes a statement as an independent filmmaker to anticipate. The second gem is always the most elusive. That said, I am not sure I can recommend this movie to very many people, despite all the good things I am about to write. This is the first Ben Stiller role that actually seems to fit him.