The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017)
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First half of movie was a slow drawn out mess.
Second half was written a bit better, but still didn't deliver what it could have with the cast.
Noah Baumbach is really THE voice when it comes to presenting New York artist families, but The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) is not my favorite of the lot. I just feel like a lot of the actors are playing to type, especially Dustin Hoffman as the patriarch who isn't doing anything particularly new here. Adam Sandler got a lot of praise for his work, but that's because the bar is set so low. He's nevertheless pigeon-holed as a loser with anger management issues (though I do enjoy that, as the frustrated unheralded member of the family, his scenes always get cut off mid-shout). No surprises from Ben Stiller either. But lower-tier Baumbach is still better than a lot of less-well observed comedy-dramas. Hoffman's siblings are brought together by circumstances and for perhaps the first time, deal with the issues they had growing up. It's a very compassionate film, about the unconditional family love, yet honest about what is very conditional "like", and what it means to live in the shadow of a parent, its positives and negatives both. I wish I liked it more, but Baumbach's cinematic world has given me more interesting takes on these themes to revisit.
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