While I liked this a lot more than Margot at the Wedding, I can't say I wholeheartedly liked this movie. There were a lot of fun moments and good dialogue. I agree with Jim that the direction was quite good as well. But I just couldn't get into it.
I know Ben Stiller's character was supposed to be obnoxious and sad sack but I was so put off by him that I couldn't deal with watching him for the entire movie. Maybe I just couldn't stand looking at his face and his dumb hair. Or maybe I've just had enough of watching movies about loser white dudes. But I just wanted to punch him in the face the entire time. And I didn't buy that any woman would find him desirable. The whole thing falls apart for me because of that.
Not to mention - the dumb party scene where the 20-year-olds insist on listening to Korn. Korn? They ridicule Greenberg for playing Duran Duran because it's so old. And then later they put on Galaxie 500? Really? Come on. But I did like a lot of the dialogue in the scene. In fact, that might have been one of my favorite scenes dialogue and tone wise.
But I will say that I can't get Greta Gerwig out of my head since seeing this movie. I'm completely enthralled with her now and even though I thought I was done with mumblecore, I might just have to see every single frame of celluloid that she has ever graced. Balgavy and I already plan on seeing Hannah Takes the Stairs together. Who else is in?
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