I can say that I like a lot Ben Stiller. Greenberg is the last movie I saw, in which Stiller is starring with verve, the last I’ve liked him, not having the patience to wait Little Fockers to end, mostly because of Alba (“Andy Garcia”) and the screenplay. The “top critics” from Rotten Tomatoes, with all the good leverage from the public and the votes on imdb, (6.2 out of 10) can only to express themselves in a neighing concerto, almost dismembering Stiller’s performance, acclaiming Gerwig’s. They were both good, thing expected from the already detached Frat Pack member, and quite a pleasant surprise from the producer, director and playwright Greta Gerwig, who just to underline her talent, shows also some skin.
Not a beauty, she compensates with a natural feeling of unsureness, absolutely typical to the likes of her. I remember her being credited for No Strings Attached, as well. I don’t remember that movie, though, it haven’t hooked me at all, it haven’t kept me in the theater either.
Not the cuteness of Ashton Kutcher (a very talented actor whom I appreciate in a high degree), not the hope that Portman will just be keeping her clothes on her all time, kept me. So I remember Gerwig at a college “crazy” party, where she wore a green short skirt with the whore inscription on the back, popping up and down sucking to a draft beer dispenser. After that, Portman opened her mouth with something precious toward Kutcher: “If you’re lucky, you’ll never meet me again”, which made me to leave. I have the feeling I haven’t lost anything, and that’s because I bought some DVD’s with some old real comedies, and I have enjoyed them home.
“A New Yorker moves to Los Angeles in order to figure out his life while he housesits for his brother, and he soon sparks with his brother’s assistant. (The imdb plot description)”
Of course with such a plot, the critics will say no good for the movie or for Ben Stiller. Of course they will praise just the girl’s performance, highly because she showed off, totally unnecessary on my opinion.Very realistic the movie, a few insignificant details raised some questions, but excellent otherwise. The guy was out from a mental hospital, he was depressive, he was depressed, modernly depressed, angry, anxious, a sort of a carpenter former college musician, he was beautifully doing nothing. Gerwig played the role of a house keeper, who needed money but was too shy to show that to the “master”, Stiller’s brother who called this, or accepted this one to stay to the house during his going with the family to Vietnam to buy a hotel. They have a dog, and the carpenter should build a doghouse for the old German Shepherd.
He had a friend, played by Rhys Ifans, also very credible, he was An Englishman in New York moved to Los Angeles as well, a band member in college, band somehow lead by Stiller who in his depressive pot and liquor inducted moods, refused a recording contract with some prestigious Record Label, and as you’ll gonna find all I have said here, in the first quarter of an hour, my genuine advice is to see the movie. A typical Noah Baumbach screenplay, not perfect, but very enjoyable.
6.3 imdb rating
Directed by Noah Baumbach
Written by Jennifer Jason Leigh and Noah Baumbach
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