Directed by: Noah Baumbach
Written by: Noah Baumbach
Starring: Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried
While We’re Young is a natural progression from Baumbach’s Frances Ha, yet it breaks new ground by using older protagonists to provide a fresh perspective on twenty-something New Yorkers. Meanwhile, it includes more insights about contemporary relationships to technology than Jason Reitman’s tech-oriented Men, Women & Children.
The best moments play like life exaggerated for comic effect, though this sits uncomfortably alongside intellectual debate, sentimentality and an unfeasibly neat conclusion.
For all the time he spends wittily exposing the pretentiousness of hipster youth, Baumbach can’t resist incorporating some of his own in the form of unnecessary reference to Ibsen.
It’s rambling, tonally indecisive and contains no one as charming as Frances Ha, but this well-meaning spiritual sequel shines for its wry humour.