While We’re Young

By: Elias Doumar


Did You Know?

James Franco Was Cast But Dropped Out Due To Scheduling Conflicts With Oz The Great And Powerful (2013).


Genre: Comedy, Drama


Director: Noah Baumbach


Starring: Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried


The film centers on Josh (Ben Stiller), as a clenched filmmaker thrilled by youth and possibility after he and his wife Cornelia (Naomi Watts) strike a friendship with mid-20s couple Adam Driver and wife Amanda Seyfried. It’s not long before the unhappy fortysomethings Josh and Cornelia throw aside friends their own age — including Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz in a sly supporting role — to trail after these young hipsters who seem so plugged in, so uninhibited, so Brooklyn cool !! “Before we met,” Josh admits, “the only two feelings I had left were wistful and disdainful”. But is this new inspiration enough to sustain collaboration with artists twenty years his junior? While We’re Young is the director’s Noah Baumbach sparkling follow-up to his Festival 2012 hit Frances Ha. Where that film was a delightful, minimalist comedy, this look at New York’s creative class is a more openly funny social portrait. No film has better captured the weird, upended logic of urban sophisticates, where the older ones embrace their iPads and Netflix, while the young ones crave vinyl records and vintage VHS tapes!! Powered by Stiller’s perfect lead performance and comic turns by Watts and Seyfried, the film is a complete pleasure to watch.