Noah Baumbach kicked off his directing career with a film called Kicking and Screaming in 1995, but it wasn’t until he teamed up with Wes Anderson to co-write The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou that he began to assume a more prominent position in filmmaking. From there he wrote and directed The Squid and the Whale and, most recently, reunited with Anderson to pen the script for Fantastic Mr. Fox. And now here we are with Greenberg.
You know how (500) Days of Summer was touted as ‘not a love story?’ Well Greenberg is even more atypical than that. Ben Stiller stars as the titular character, a guy from New York who heads out to Los Angeles to housesit while his brother and his family vacation in Vietnam. (Yeah, Vietnam.) While there he reunites with a former pal, Ivan (Rhys Ifans) and takes some time to recover from a recent nervous breakdown. But that’s not all he does in LA. He also befriends his brother’s assistant, Florence (Greta Gerwig). The two strike up a romantic relationship – if you can even call it that – and canoodle while sorting through each other’s idiosyncrasies.
Check out what Baumbach had to say about this strange yet endearing amalgamation of romance, drama and comedy.
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