"While We Were Young": Review

April 11, 2015 9:39 PM

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"While We Were Young": Review

“He’s not evil,” 44-year-old Josh Shrebnik (Ben Stiller) says of 20-something Jamie Massey (Adam Driver). “He’s just young.” And “young,” to Josh in Noah Baumbach’s acutely acerbic new comedy While We’re Young, means vaguely alien, suspicious and threatening.

Was Baumbach ever young? In Hollywood, most makers of comedy films keep searching for their inner horny teen; they skinny-dip in the Fountain of Arrested Development. Baumbach, who’s 45 and very much of the New York school (we might say yeshiva) of social comedy, has seemed older than his years ever...

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