And 'Margot at the Wedding' was great, too by mattsteinglass
March 19, 2010, 5:49 am
Filed under: Movies

Until I see “Greenberg”, I’m going to assume that the lukewarmness of Dana Stevens’s review and the moderate negativity of some other reviews stems from people’s inability to handle the bitter genius of Noah Baumbach. You can’t handle the truth!


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Saw The Squid And The Whale and Margot’s Wedding…The travails of wealthy neurotics. Didn’t love these films. Where’s the genius?

Comment by Caitlin Kelly

Not sure there’s any way to convince someone of the value of a movie they didn’t like. But I think my basic feeling is that we’re all pretty neurotic, and the details of setting aren’t so important; “Margot at the Wedding” is good in many of the same ways “Laurel Canyon” was good, or an Andre Techine or Lukas Moodysson film. It’s not important that it’s about Manhattan literati; it is important that one sister is successful and the other is a failure living in their childhood home, and that both live in sets of people who think obsessively about their lives as aesthetic enterprises. After all, “Uncle Vanya” is about wealthy neurotics, too.

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