Fifth about The Seventh

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected): Noah Baumbach’s portrait of a web of dysfunctional family members and familial relationships neither brings much new to the table nor is particularly interesting. The gallery of character is almost uniformly abrasive and unengaging; they are all put under a harsh spotlight and no one survives. Nevertheless, the cast is in fine shape in creating those characters. Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller fare well playing straight variations of their usual comic characters, Sandler as the tantrum-prone man-child and Stiller  as the neurotic. Dustin Hoffman is likewise fine as the annoying, judgemental patriarch. Grace Van Patten is the only performer lucky enough to get a sympathetic character, and she does it well. Technically, the film is dry, indifferent; the fake-episodic structure doesn’t add much.


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