Two generations collide in witty 'While We're Young'

April 2, 2015 7:17 PM

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"While We're Young," Noah Baumbach's wistful comedy of midlife manners, pays homage to everything from "Crimes and Misdemeanors" to "All About Eve," while spinning a surprisingly insightful cautionary tale about the challenges of aging in a youth-obsessed culture. It works because the clever director ("The Squid and the Whale") knows how to mock society without ever seeming snarky or mean.

What's novel about this portrait of a midlife crisis is that both halves of the artsy New York couple are experiencing the traumas and regrets of hitting their 40s together. For neurotic Gen-Xer Josh (Ben Stiller) and his wife Cornelia (Naomi Watts), it's a team event. The filmmaker also draws sharp...

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