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Squid And The Whale, The (2005)

Joint Custody Blows.

Original Title : The Squid and the Whale
Director : Noah Baumbach
Writer : Noah Baumbach
Genre : Comedy
Drama
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Wes Anderson , Reverge Anselmo , Miranda Bailey , Charlie Corwin , Greg Johnson , Andrew Lauren , Clara Markowicz , Peter Newman , Jennifer Roth
Music : Britta Phillips
Dean Wareham
Photography : Robert D. Yeoman
Distributor : Barbar Film
MPAA Rating : Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic dialogue and language.
IMDB ID : 0367089
Official site : http://www.squidandthewhalemovie.com/
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Starring

Owen Kline Frank Berkman
Jeff Daniels Bernard Berkman
Laura Linney Joan Berkman
Jesse Eisenberg Walt Berkman
William Baldwin Ivan
David Benger Carl
Anna Paquin Lili
Molly Barton Graduate Student
Bo Berkman Graduate Student
Matthew Kaplan Graduate Student
Simon Kaplan Graduate Student
Matthew Kirsch Graduate Student
Daniella Markowicz Graduate Student
Elizabeth Meriwether Graduate Student
Ben Schrank Graduate Student
Amy Srebnick Graduate Student
Josh Srebnick Graduate Student
Emma Straub Graduate Student
Alan Wilkis Graduate Student (as Alan Wilks
James Hamilton Man with Joan
Adam Rose Otto
Henry Glovinsky Lance
Eli Gelb Jeffrey
Halley Feiffer Sophie Greenberg
Wayne Lawson Talent Show Judge
Michael Santiago Talent Show Judge
Juan Torriente Talent Show Judge
Patricia Towers Talent Show Judge
Peggy Gormley Mrs. Greenberg
Peter Newman Mr. Greenberg
Greta Kline Greta Greenberg
Melissa Meyer Professor
Benjamin Smolen Student with Puppets
Michael Countryman Mr. Simic
Alexandra Daddario Pretty Girl
Nico Baumbach Jeb Gelber
Maryann Plunkett Ms. Lemon
Hector Otero Hector
Ken Leung School Therapist
Jo Yang Nurse
Joyce DeWitt Janet Wood (archive footage
 

Plot

The patriarch (Jeff Daniels) of an eccentric Brooklyn family claims to once have been a great novelist, but he has settled into a teaching job. When his wife (Laura Linney) discovers a writing talent of her own, jealousy divides the family, leaving two teenage sons to forge new relationships with their parents. Linney's character begins dating her younger son's tennis coach. Meanwhile, Daniels' character has an affair with the student his older son is pursuing.
 

Comments

Patricide with a dull knife, 25 September 2005 Author: Mel Klein from Dallas, Texas Noah Baumbach takes a loving (oh?) stab at his parents' divorce, brought on by the hilariously immature antics of his father, and my writing professor, the ever pompous Jonathan Baumbach (Jeff Daniels).Brooklyn College was a hotbed of activism and liberal arts when I first encountered Jonathan Baumbach (rechristened "Bernard" in the film, a sly wink at Jonathan's mentor and hero, Bernard Malamud). The arrogance and complete lack of self awareness is perfectly captured by Daniels in his over-the-top performance which, amazingly, underplays the actual father.To call the picture patricidal is to completely miss the point, Baumbach pere is so self centered, he likely sees the film as an homage. Baumbach Sr. is a great writer, he receives good reviews in the literary journals and his books sell in the hundreds. Baumbach Jr., on the other hand, is a great filmmaker, and his movies (The Life Aquatic) are seen by millions. I'm sure the father is disappointed that the son isn't pursuing tenure at a small Ohio college.I saw this film in a cozy college theater at the Toronto Film Festival. I half expected to run into Jonathan Baumbach, in his leather patched tweed jacket, preening for the audience and eying the coeds.Funny and poignant. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll want to choke the bastard.
 
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