While We’re Young

Noah Baumbach

USA, 2014 / 94 min / English / Comedy

Josh and Cornelia, happily married middle-aged members of New York’s creative class, tried to start a family and were unable to — and have decided they’re okay with that. But as Josh labors over the umpteenth edit of his cerebral new film, it’s clear that something is missing. Enter Jamie and Darby, a free-spirited young couple. For Josh, it’s as if a door has opened back to his youth. It’s not long before Josh and Cornelia throw aside friends their own age to trail after these young hipsters.

“While We’re Young” is an openly funny cross-generational comedy of manners about aging, ambition and success, as well as a moving portrait of a marriage tested by the invading forces of youth.

Sun 01/03 21:15 Cinémathèque Public
Mon 02/03 19:00 Ciné Utopia Public

While a truly original comedy, "While We're Young" is the rare one that also laces rich thematic elements with wonderfully drawn characters to create a picture that's as genuinely hilarious as it is thoughtful about how hopes, ambitions, dreams and ideals of personal and creative accomplishments ebb and flow across decades. (Kevin Jagernauth, The Playlist, September 7, 2014)

Middle age is like a foreign country, Baumbach seems to be saying, and some day, if it hasn’t happened already, we wake up there and realize we don’t speak the language. (Peter Debruge, Variety, September 7, 2014)

Mainly the movie offers Stiller his best role in years, giving him room to play around with a wide-eyed, paranoid temperament. (Eric Kohn, Indiewire, September 7, 2014)

Cast & Credits
Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Driver
Noah Baumbach
Sam Levy
Jennifer Lame
Kris Moran
James Murphy
Scott Rudin Productions
Remain In Light

Noah Baumbach was born in Brooklyn. His film “The Squid and the Whale” received an Academy Award nomination for best original screenplay, three Golden Globe Award nominations and six Independent Spirit Award nominations. In 2007 “Margot at the Wedding” received Gotham Award nominations for Best Film and Best Ensemble Cast. With director Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach co-wrote “The Life Aquatic” with Steve Zissou and “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” He is a contributor of humor pieces to The New Yorker magazine.

  • While We’re Young, 2014
  • Frances Ha, 2012
  • Greenberg, 2010
  • Margot and the Wedding, 2007
  • The Squid and the Whale, 2005
  • Mr. Jealousy, 1997
  • Kicking and Screaming, 1995