The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) | Chicago Reader

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

Noah Baumbach's biggest critical success, The Squid and the Whale (2005), was a loosely autobiographical tale about two school-age brothers in New York contending with their arrogant, insecure father, a fading novelist; 12 years later, Baumbach delivers a loosely autobiographical tale about two grown men in New York (Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller) contending with their arrogant, insecure father (Dustin Hoffman), a faded sculptor. The father kvetches at them, they kvetch at each other, and Baumbach develops a running gag in which he'll cut one of them off in mid-kvetch to present the onscreen title of the next "story." This gets a laugh every time, though you have to wonder about a writer-director who wishes his characters would just shut up. I thought that was my job!

Credits

Director:

  • Noah Baumbach

Cast:

  • Adam Sandler
  • Ben Stiller
  • Dustin Hoffman
  • Emma Thompson
  • Elizabeth Marvel
  • Grace Van Patten
  • Judd Hirsch
  • Rebecca Miller
  • Adam Driver
  • Matthew Shear
  • Candice Bergen
  • Danny Flaherty
  • Adam Thompson
  • David Cromer

Producers:

  • Noah Baumbach
  • Eli Bush
  • Scott Rudin
  • Lila Yacoub

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