Those expecting to walk into Noah Baumbach’s latest indie drama to see a typical Ben Stiller comedy be warned – this is not Ben Stillers usual ‘zany’ comedic performance. Stiller plays Roger Greenberg, a carpenter who has recently been released from a psychiatric hospital. He stays at his brothers house, while he actively “does nothing” with his life. He forms a relationship with his brothers assistant Florence – a relative newcomer Greta Gerwig. Those who have seen Baumbachs debut The Squid and the Whale will be in familiar territory in terms of tone. The humour is very dry, bordering on dark – Stiller is in terrific form, hitting the comedic tones in a perfectly restrained fashion. Although it bears similarities to The Squid and the Whale, it is ultimately a slightly inferior finished product. Some of the dramatic beats feel awkward (and maybe thats the point), and some characters such as Greenbergs ex played by Jennifer Jason Leigh could have been fleshed out somewhat. That said, Greenberg is a terrifically written, sweet little movie – definitely worth seeing.

Rating: 7.5/10


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