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The Squid and the Whale

The Squid and the Whale
The Squid and the Whale
The Squid and the Whale
  • R
  • 1h 21m
  • 2005
Certified Fresh92%
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In his third feature, director Noah Baumbach scores a triumph with an autobiographical coming-of-age story about a teenager whose writer-parents are divorcing. The father (Jeff Daniels) and mother (Laura Linney) duke it out in half-civilized, half-savage fashion, while their two sons adapt in different ways, shifting allegiances between parents. The film is squirmy-funny and nakedly honest about the rationalizations and compensatory snobbisms of artistic failure as well as the conflicted desires of adolescents for sex and status. In detailing bohemian-bourgeois life in brownstone Brooklyn, Baumbach is spot on. Everyone proceeds from good intentions and acts rather badly, in spite or because of their manifest intelligence. Fulfilling the best traditions of the American independent film, this quirky, wisely written feature explores the gulf between sexes, generations, art and commerce, Brooklyn and Manhattan.
© 2005 Squid and Whale, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Certified Fresh92%
Critics Consensus: This is a piercingly honest, acidly witty look at divorce and its impact on a family.
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Comedy
  • Release Date:December 16, 2005
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    Stereo
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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