While We’re Young: Film Review

Celebrities On The Set of "While We Were Young" In New York City - September 24, 2013

This comedy-drama has an amazing cast full of actors I love – Naomi Watts, Ben Stiller, Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried. Ben and Naomi are Josh and Cornelia, who are married without children, who befriend a 20-something married couple Jamie (Driver) and Darby (Seyfried) who completely change the way they look at their lives and marriage.

This is awesome. It is so funny because the dialogue is well observed and true. Most of the humour comes from the quality of the script rather than slapstick/obvious moments. It was just so relatable and most of the themes rang true with me. Obviously, in the beginning, it’s hilarious watching Josh and Cornelia hang out with their younger counterparts – dressing and behaving like them and feeling in awe of their youthful spirit and seemingly fun marriage.

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I wasn’t really sure where it was going to go, but the storyline turned out to be incredibly interesting and posed a moral dilemma. Ben is a documentary film maker who has been working on a piece for 10 years and is still stuck for money and direction. Jamie has a documentary topic fall into his lap and Ben gets jealous but helps him anyway, thinking Jamie needs a seasoned pro for advice. The sweet and innocent parties in the friendship show their true colours eventually (I don’t want to spoil) and the level of deception that is finally revealed takes the film into new territory, which is far from what I expected.

While We’re Young is smart, funny and just the type of piece you would expect from Frances Ha writer/director Noah Baumbach. The cast were perfect and the script on point. It became so much more than I thought it would be and left me with a huge smile on my face.

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