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Friday, July 30, 2010

[3.75/10] Greenberg (2010)

Greenberg (2010)

Short review: Directed by Noah Baumbach, "Greenberg", a dark comedy about life in the middle age, is hard to watch at times, and very tedious at others. Actually, there are times when "Greenberg" is funny, or at least amusing, but it's not as often as its director might think. In fact, those funny moments are one, or mostly two. Its story doesn't go any place and we are really not very enlightened about the characters. The script is weak, the characters shallow and limp, and the cinematography and atmosphere very oppressive and dreary. Having said that, I thought, Ben Stiller's performance as the title character was great, especially considering the fact that he is known for his comedic roles. Stiller's character is given some hard hitting truths to convey. He is made out to be mentally ill, in this film, so do yourself a favour, and don't take him seriously. Greta Gerwig who stars as Greenberg's love interest, was far less likable though. Her character, Florence is confused, unsure in herself and emotionally awkward, and you can hardly connect with her. The supporting cast doesn't have a huge impact on the movie. Overall, despite Ben Stiller's convincing performance, "Greenberg" is joyless, often boring, and almost painful to watch.

  • My Rating: 3.75/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 74% (6.6/10)
  • IMDb: 6.6/10


Midnight Screening said...

Agreed. This was a quite disappointing given my expectations after The Squid and the Whale.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

'Disappointing' is not the word that fully describes this pretentious piece of crap. :)