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Greenberg [Blu-ray]

2.6 out of 5 stars 126 customer reviews

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Roger Greenberg (Stiller) is single, fortyish and deliberately doing nothing. In search of a place to restart his life, he agrees to housesit for his brother in LA and tries to reconnect with his former bandmate (Rhys Ifans) and successful ex-girlfriend (Jennifer Jason Leigh). But old friends aren't necessarily still best friends, and Greenberg soon finds himself forging a connection with his brother's personal assistant, Florence (Greta Gerwig). Despite his best attempts not to be drawn in, Greenberg comes to realize that he may at last have found a reason to be happy. Critics rave, “Greenberg has a soul, a heart and a sense of humor.” (Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com)

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    • Actors: Ben Stiller, Rhys Ifans
    • Directors: Noah Baumbach
    • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (DTS 5.1)
    • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
    • Dubbed: French, Spanish
    • Region: All Regions
    • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated:
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      Restricted
    • Studio: Focus Features
    • DVD Release Date: July 13, 2010
    • Run Time: 108 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B002ZG97TC
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,150 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Greenberg [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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    Many people who watch Noah Baumbach's latest film Greenberg feel that the title character is so unlikable, that the film fails due to its protagonist's personality. In fact, Baumbach presents us with a challenge, much like he did with 2007's Margot at the Wedding. Greenberg is not likable. He is narcissistic, misanthropic, brutally honest, and cynical and unaware of anyone's feelings outside of his own, which are more important than yours by the way. He also hates on L.A culture to the point where I think he is drawn to it for the verbal ammunition it gives him.However, Baumbach manages to balance these traits with a humanization that is painfully acute and accurate, by showing us what it is like to be Greenberg. Many people are not going to want to know what it's like to be Greenberg. That's fine; because Baumbach did not make this film for everyone.

    Something very interesting and smart that the director does is starting the film from Florence's (Greta Gerwig) perspective. Florence is Roger Greenberg's (Ben Stiller) brother's assistant. His brother and family are going away on vacation to Vietnam and Greenberg comes to his brother's house in L.A to stay after living in New York City and coming off of a recent stint in a mental hospital. While Greenberg is the main character, the film starts with Florence and we are shown in a brief period of time what her life is like. She has a best friend named Gina, she is a good and hard working assistant and she goes to a bar where she eventually has a one night stand which is clearly irregular and dissatisfying for her. She is awkward; certainly not someone who asserts herself around others. She is not meek though; she is just not quite sure of herself as an individual yet.
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    Whereas someone like Steven Spielberg has achieved success because his films can be enjoyed by virtually anyone, Noah Baumbach is a director who has polarized audiences with each of his films, and this one is no exception.

    The film follows Roger Greenberg (Ben Stiller), a 40-year-old man who has recently suffered a nervous breakdown and is now struggling to just "do nothing." He returns to L.A., where he had grown up and had a semi-successful rock band, and housesits for his brother, Phillip (Chris Messina), while he and his family are away on an extended vacation. Greenberg meets his brother's assistant, Florence (Greta Gerwig), and begins a halting, awkward romance with her. He reconnects with his old band mates -- including Ivan (Rhys Ifans) -- who are still bitter about a record deal that Roger ruined 15 years ago. Roger also attempts to date Beth (Jennifer Jason Leigh), an old girlfriend, but she rejects him.

    The film is unconventional. I do disagree, however, that everyone in this film is unlikable. Greta Gerwig is excellent as Greenberg's love interest, as is Jennifer Jason Leigh, Noah Baumbach's wife. The film is out of the mainstream, but when looking at all of the junk coming out of Hollywood these days, that is a good thing.

    If you liked films like "The Squid and the Whale" or some of Wes Anderson's work, and you are willing to go in with an open mind, I recommend this film.
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    A film I immediately felt I needed to see again, I found this
    fascinating and sometimes maddening.

    Ben Stiller plays a truly unlikable 'hero', a man so angry that he
    can't maintain any sort of real friendship, much less romantic
    relationship.

    What's admirable about the film, is that all the acting is so rich and
    subtle, as is the writing, that no one ends up a caricature.

    There's also an admirable unwillingness to give into convention, to
    provide easy answers or heartwarming redemption. This is about a man
    maybe taking the first step from A to B and we're not sure in the end
    he'll even make it that far.

    On the downside, there is a certain repetitiveness to it. We 'get'
    Greenberg and his anger, and sometimes the going in circles feels like
    just filling time instead of proving a point about how stuck the
    character is emotionally.

    Also, there's mention of Greenberg's vulnerability, but if that had
    been allowed to be just a bit more evident it might have better
    balanced his off-putting downside. As is, on first viewing, the film
    felt a bit removed and intellectual.

    But I could easily imagine that impression changing on revisiting, now
    that I'm prepared for it's dark and difficult tone.

    In any case, I found this a very good, if challenging film that's well worth
    seeing, from one of our most interesting creators of complex characters.

    On the other hand, it certainly won't be to everyone's taste or mood. I have
    a feeling reactions to a film that has this much 'nails on a chalkboard' feeling
    is a very individual, subjective matter.
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    The actors all do a great job. It's well written. But the main character is just repellant. Greenberg puts no effort into normal conversation or social interaction. His former band mates nurse grudges, he didn't show up in time for his mother's death, he never asks after his best friend's son, it goes on and on. I so wanted Ivan to truly get fed up; when the moment comes, he is much too kind. And the senseless verbal attacks on Florence. Please. She gives him too many chances to be a decent human being, instead of backing slowly away. There are hints of better things to come, but the only evolution onscreen is in Greenberg's care of the dog.

    Lots of well-known critics gave this movie positive reviews. I can't agree that it's "Extremely Entertaining!" or "The wonder of the film is how good it makes us feel." More like extremely irritating throughout and relief when it was over.
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