While We’re Young is a natural progression from Baumbach’s Frances Ha, yet it breaks new ground by using older protagonists to provide a fresh perspective on twentysomething New Yorkers. Meanwhile, it includes more insights about contemporary relationships with technology than Jason Reitman’s tech-oriented Men, Women & Children.
The best moments play like life exaggerated for comic effect, though this sits uncomfortably alongside intellectual debate, sentimentality and an unfeasibly neat conclusion.
For all the time he spends wittily exposing the pretentiousness of hipster youth, Baumbach can’t resist incorporating some of his own in the form of unnecessary references to Ibsen.
It’s rambling, tonally indecisive and contains no one as charming as Frances Ha, but this well-meaning spiritual sequel shines for its wry humour.
CAST: Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried
DIRECTOR: Noah Baumbach
WRITER: Noah Baumbach
SYNPOSIS: The lives of married New York filmmakers Josh (Stiller) and Cornelia (Watts) are overturned when they meet an energetic young couple (Driver and Seyfried).