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While We're Young

6/10
Comedy . Drama
 

An uptight documentary filmmaker and his wife find their lives loosened up a bit after befriending a free-spirited younger couple.

 
Actors: Adam Horovitz , Maria Dizzia , Ryan Serhant , Brady Corbet , Charles Grodin , Amanda Seyfried , Adam Driver , Naomi Watts , Ben Stiller
Directors: Noah Baumbach
Country: USA
Release: 2015-04-17
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  • Joe Neumaier

    Noah Baumbach’s sensational satirical drama While We’re Young is, finally, a movie for grownups to run out and see.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    This delicious satire about aging hipsters and their discontents is everything we've come to expect from the best of Noah Baumbach, as well as several things more.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Baumbach has made some fine pictures (Frances Ha) and some deadening, hermetic ones (Margot at the Wedding), but it's While We're Young that really fulfills the promise of his brash but fine-grained debut.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Catherine Shoard

    An almost perfect 90-minute hit of confident and inspired comedic commentary.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    What is off limits to steal when everything is available, not only in a digital age but clacking through a projector? Isn't fame always at someone else's expense? Even Baumbach borrows, notably from Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors. Fair, and funny enough.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Kevin Jagernauth

    While a truly original comedy, While We're Young is the rare one that also laces rich thematic elements with wonderfully drawn characters to create a picture that's as genuinely hilarious as it is thoughtful about how hopes, ambitions, dreams and ideals of personal and creative accomplishments that ebb and flow across decades.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    Though While We’re Young is primarily a comedy — and a very funny one at that, managing to be both blisteringly of-the-moment and classically zany in the same breath — Baumbach has bitten off several serious topics, for which laughter serves as the most agreeable way to engage.

    Variety Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    Only an artist at the midpoint between the maypole and maturity could concoct a comedy as potent as While We’re Young.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Baumbach judiciously calibrates fantasy and realism throughout While We’re Young and winds up sharing impressions about parenthood, friendship, ambition and aging that viewers themselves most likely have harbored, whether they admit it or not. Even at its most confected, this is a film that tells the truth.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young amounts to the most hilarious Woody Allen movie in forever.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Jeff Baker

    Baumbach loses his grip a little in the third act and gives Stiller too much babbling and ranting. The denouement at a tribute dinner for Leslie is unsatisfying for all concerned but is redeemed by a coda that assures everyone that happiness is possible in this crazy world.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    Laying out its anxieties right there in the title, While We’re Young is Noah Baumbach’s midlife crisis movie, a funny, talky portrait of an aging artist reaching for the vitality he sees in some younger friends.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    The film is at its best when it simply focuses on this strange dynamic between the two couples and the way they are each looking for something from the other that they don't dare articulate for fear of having to grapple with these weaknesses or flaws in themselves.

    HitFix Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    While We're Young is a clear-eyed satire of intergenerational tension that derives much of its comedy from a series of moments in which its mid-forties couple attempt to mesh with a younger crowder.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    We get a sharp look at getting older, growing up and assuming responsibility. The fedora is optional (and not recommended).

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Ian Freer

    Noah Bamubach’s While We’re Young is the best Woody Allen film of 2015. A fast, funny, smart take on generational jealousy, with Ben Stiller and Adam Driver on great form.

    Empire Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    This film, Mr. Baumbach’s movie, mostly brings a light touch and a forgiving gloss to its own self-consciousness. It is not afraid to be implicated in the confusion — in the self-involvement, the anxiety, the pettiness — it depicts. But there are also areas where it feels soft and compromised, where the subtlety and clarity of Mr. Baumbach’s vision seem to desert him.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    Where he ends up going—a place of real anxiety and envy—speaks to the filmmaker’s nervy ambitions. If this is Baumbach’s commercial breakthrough, he will have made it several steps up that staircase with nothing lost.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    That is what I admire in While We’re Young; it shows a director not so much mooning over the past, with regret for faded powers, as probing his own obsessions and the limits of his style.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Ben Nicholson

    Baumbach is never likely to make a film that doesn't engage with interesting issue, but on this occasion he's made something smart and relevant that really brings the funny, arguably making this his most widely appealing film to date.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Tim Robey

    Baumbach packs his film with the wit and vigour of a polished one-act play, right down to a climax which wants us to notice how much juggling he’s doing with his ideas.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • William Goss

    While We’re Young struggles to reconcile its protagonists’ rival impulses to either welcome an unexpected source of youthful vitality with open arms or embrace such an individual so as to better displace them from one’s lawn.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Baumbach, whose films include the searingly funny, autobiographical "The Squid and the Whale" and the brilliantly uncomfortable "Margot at the Wedding," writes wry, sharp, poignant stuff.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    An extension, temperamentally if not altogether thematically, of such earlier films of his as “The Squid and the Whale,” “Greenberg,” and “Frances Ha.”

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    While We’re Young is more commercial and less innovative (or whimsically self-indulgent, depending on your tastes) than Baumbach’s last feature film, 2012’s "Frances Ha," though it shares some common ground.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    If While We’re Young hadn’t gone quite so broad at the finish line, it would be a contender for my favorite movie of the still-young year.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Baumbach has something of an evil genius for casting. If Driver — the mercurial Adam of “Girls” — and Seyfried are solid as the incoming kids, Charles Grodin (the original “Heartbreak Kid”) ruthlessly represents the boomers refusing to cede the stage.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    As Cornelia's revered documentary filmmaker father, a crusty truth-teller in the Frederick Wiseman mold, Charles Grodin provides a master class in minimalism.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Christy Lemire

    There are traces of Woody Allen at work here as While We’re Young vividly makes fun of a specific subculture of hyper-articulate New York denizen, as well as the way its characters try to stave off the malaise of aging by clinging to characters who radiate the exotic promise of youth.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Who's more pretentious: hipster Millennials or bourgeois Gen Xers? It's a question While We're Young toys with, if only to provide a context for a sharply observed and witty dark comedy.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Comedy really is hard. So it's a kick when a filmmaker gets it right, as Noah Baumbach does in this stingingly funny take on aging.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    The biggest disappointment is the role that Baumbach wrote for Charles Grodin — his juiciest in many years but with only one or two laugh lines. If nothing else, I wanted Grodin to kick Stiller’s butt across the screen for desecrating the name of "The Heartbreak Kid."

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    While Driver and Seyfried are both quite good, there’s nothing specific enough about their characters to avoid making the film feel like a blanket condemnation of a whole generation and their new ways of doing things.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    After a while, the director of the more perceptive "Frances Ha" and "The Squid and the Whale" tips his hand, painting the aging Xers as guardians of integrity and the millennials as opportunists. It’s a cheap shot, and it feels like he’s telling the kids to get off his lawn. It’s not Stiller’s character who’s the curmudgeon, it’s Baumbach.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Baumbach is 45 (roughly the same age as Josh) so he writes from personal experience. He knows what these characters are feeling which is the reason why the human elements resonate with authenticity - a quality that fades when While We're Young wanders off on the tangent about what constitutes a legitimate documentary.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Baumbach, however -- while not entirely past that particular cocktail of curmudgeonly emotions -- demonstrates an ability to laugh at his own apparent age hang-ups.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    [A] mostly engaging but only fitfully inspired serio-comedy.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    While We’re Young starts off as an empathetic, funny look at middle age and winds up as profound and schematic as a Neil Simon play — or, for the younger set, an episode of "The New Girl."

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    While We’re Young is one step forward and two steps back for writer-director Noah Baumbach, whose movies are never less than intelligent but, at their worst, tend to settle for gestures instead of movements.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    A dreary bummer.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Christopher Gray

    Noah Baumbach lobs jokes with hectic editing and a Sturgesian velocity, but much of this cross-generational comedy is frantic and wearisomely superficial.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Youth may be wasted on the young in this muddled movie. But age is equally wasted on the aging.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    It’s a lot easier to convey the broad-brush satirical flourishes of While We’re Young than to explain the subtler and sometimes darker threads of meaning that run through it.

    Salon.com Full Review
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