Noah Baumbach’s comedy about Josh (Ben Stiller) and Cornelia (Naomi Watts) in their 40s trying to relive their younger years. They are befriended by Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried). Cornelia gets into hip hop and Josh collaborates with Jamie in a documentary. Cornelia is childless but wants a child. Josh and Jamie discuss the nature of film. The two couples want rejuvenation through peyote-induced therapy techniques. There is confrontation between James and Josh at the end.
This is very Woody Allen (yuk). Middle aged and middle class averagely insane narcissists worried about the direction of their lives. I certainly didn’t sympathize with their plight, I just wish they’d grow up less embarrassingly. It’s like all those productions in which the younger people are often more mature than the silly middle aged. Cornelia gets involved with Mum-set types and wants a child (this is the usual Hollywood lecture, that having kids is the ultimate in life). Josh and Cornelia want to get back to their lives before they used Google and Twitter. They want to revive the romanticism of their first meeting. Josh tells Cornelia it’s idiotic to text or phone each other first date wise when they’re (erm) living in the same room. It’s Bob Ted Carol and Alice in reverse, not married couples experimenting with sexual drugs but getting back to basics. Naturally Jamie and Darby listen to vinyl records, and to tapes, and use typewriters, and these are the things that Josh and Cornelia discarded. Darby makes ice cream, how quirkily hip my dear! Josh and Jamie agonise about documentary film and the nature of truth, which of course reflects the endless search for authenticity in their personal lives. Jamie is not the seeker of truth he seems to be but can be coldly manipulative and career orientated, more than his idealistic pose would have Josh believe. Josh has a problem with this but shouldn’t he look deeper into his art? There is guilt ridden theorising about it. The ayahuesca sessions are reminiscent of those obligatory visits to such places as the Esden Centre that middle aged hippies used to visit. Irritating!!!!