The Squid and the Whale (2005)
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funny, realistic and underrated
Jesse Eisenberg was the best actor in the movie,along side Jeff Daniels, since the beginning of the movie I suspect the Wes Anderson was involved in some way, because this movie reminds me a lot of his movies, in the same way jeff daniels reminds me of Bill Murray, the movie is great and is worth seen it at least one time, truly underrated
Noah Baumbach's semi-autobiographical The Squid and the Whale presents his parents as the two battling monsters, both New York intellectuals and writers (Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney), sharing custody of he (Jesse Eisenberg) and his younger brother (Owen Kline) after their divorce. Both boys immediately start misbehaving, but in very different ways, just as each chooses a parent they like better. As we explore each character's psychology, Baumbach never force feeds answers. We're presented with well-acted behavior and left to draw our own conclusions, which makes for a rich, detailed, textured portrait of a dysfunctional family. Most interesting is how it shows how attitudes and behaviors are passed down to children by their parents, the writer-director rather brutally honest with his and his family's cinematic stand-ins.
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This movie ranks #20 in A.V. Club's The Best Movies of the 2000s
This movie ranks #271 in TSPDT's 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
This movie ranks #814 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #1009 in The Criterion Collection