Greenberg

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Product Overview

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.

Specifications

Studio Universal
SKU 215989939
UPC 025192047718
UPC 14 00025192047718
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Brothers
Live-Action
Love
Romance
Romances
Romantic Comedy
Editors Note
Note Hollywood meets the mumblecore indie movement in this film starring TROPIC THUNDER?s Ben Stiller and HANNAH TAKES THE STAIRS? Greta Gerwig. Stiller plays Roger Greenberg, a man who falls for his brother?s assistant (Gerwig) while he is going through a life crisis. Directed by Noah Baumbach, GREENBERG also stars Rhys Ifans, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and mumblecore regular Mark Duplass.
Reviews
Box Office 3 stars out of 5 -- "[D]irector/writer Noah Baumbach moves the whole shebang along at a brisk pace....The humor and the pathos shine through." 02/22/2010
Film Comment "[T]he psychological geography of GREENBERG is terrain Baumbach has been mapping in increasingly sharp relief since his 1995 debut KICKING AND SCREAMING..." 03/01/2010
Wall Street Journal "GREENBERG scintillates with intelligence, razor's edge humor and austere empathy for its struggling lovers." 03/19/2010
USA Today "[F]or those looking for realistic, complex characters coping with believable emotional hurtles, this is an unexpected gem." 03/19/2010
New York Times "It is the funniest and saddest movie Mr. Baumbach has made so far, and also the riskiest." 03/19/2010
Rolling Stone 3 stars out of 4 -- "Writer-director Noah Baumbach walks the fragile line between humor and heartbreak. Ben Stiller is exceptional..." 04/01/2010
Entertainment Weekly "[T]here is something undeniably compelling about the surgical precision with which the filmmaker picks at neuroses that feel very personal." 03/26/2010
Chicago Sun-Times 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "This is an intriguing film, shifting directions, considering Greenberg's impossibility in one light and then another....What Ben Stiller does with the role is fascinating." 03/24/2010
Washington Post 3 stars out of 4 -- "[A] quietly funny portrait of grown-ups growing up..." 03/26/2010
Uncut 4 stars out of 5 -- "GREENBERG is a groundbreaking performance for Stiller....The film comes with a fine soundtrack from LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy." 07/01/2010
Sight and Sound "GREENBERG is a great spectacle of toxic emotional stasis..." 07/01/2010
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "Stiller expertly manages to eke out a small measure of sympathy from easily his most unpleasant character in years." 11/01/2010
Directors
Noah Baumbach
Actors
Ben Stiller
Greta Gerwig
Cast & Crew
Ben Stiller - Star
Greta Gerwig - Star
Rhys Ifans - Star
Mark Duplass - Star
Brie Larson - Star
Juno Temple - Star
Noah Baumbach - Screenwriter
Noah Baumbach - Story
Jennifer Jason Leigh - Story
Scott Rudin - Producer
Jennifer Jason Leigh - Producer
Noah Baumbach - Director
Technical Info
UPC 00025192047718
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 108 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Reviews
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review When you're angry with the world and yourself to the same degree, you're running in place. It takes a great deal of energy. It can be exhausting. You lash out at people. You're hard on yourself. It all takes place in your head. After a time people give up on you. They think you don't give a damn and don't care about yourself. If they only knew...That's Roger Greenberg. I never knew who Ben Stiller was born to play, but now I do. I don't mean he is Greenberg, but that he makes him a convincing person and not a caricature. The hero of Noah Baumbach's new film was once, years ago, part of a rock band on the brink of a breakthrough. He walked away from it, stranding his band- mates, and never explained why. He fled Los Angeles and became a carpenter in New York...He's been struggling. There has been some sort of vague period in an institution. Now he's returned to L.A. to house-sit his brother's big home and look after the dog. He glares out of the windows like old man Fredricksen in Up. He can live alone no more successfully than with others. He calls Florence Marr (Greta Gerwig), his brother's family assistant, who knows where everything is and how everything works. And the dog knows her...He has a reunion with a former bandmate, Ivan (Rhys Ifans), a calm Brit, troubled by a trial separation, happy enough to see Greenberg and help him if he can. But Ivan is troubled that Greenberg still doesn't get it, doesn't understand how he crushed the dreams of his bandmates. Then there's Beth (Jennifer Jason Leigh), who Greenberg once loved and was loved by. She has moved on in her life. She has a family. Does he recognize the look a woman gets in her eyes when she's thinking how that just would have never, ever, worked out? Does he have enough self-knowledge to see how impossible he is?...The important relationship is the one between Greenberg and Florence. We look upon her and see wholesome health and abundant energy. She's happy when she has a purpose. She wishes she had a direction in life but can be happy enough in the moment. It's as if when Greenberg moves a little in the direction of happiness, it gets jealous because that draws attention away from his miserable uniqueness. People driven to be constantly unique can be a real pain in the ass...This is an intriguing film, shifting directions, considering Greenberg's impossibility in one light and then another. If he's stuck like this at 40, is he stuck for good? What Ben Stiller does with the role is fascinating. We can't stand Greenberg. But we begin to care about him. Without ever overtly evoking sympathy, Stiller inspires identification. You don't have to like the hero of a movie. But you have to understand him -- better than he does himself, in some cases.
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ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD, English, Spanish, French, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal The wonder of the film is how good it makes us feel. Greenberg scintillates with intelligence, razor's-edge humor and austere empathy for its struggling lovers.
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune Extraordinary.
Nathan Rabin, The Onion A.V. Club Bittersweet and beautifully realized, harsh but humane, Greenberg is a self-consciously small film that nevertheless leaves an indelible mark.

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