In honor of our 20th birthday, we'll be celebrating movies and their impact on individual people. If there is a movie that has changed or inspired you, let us know by emailing

One thing I always contemplate about a movie is their emotional effect on me, the viewer. Movies that touch me emotionally tend to win in my book, while the losers are films lacking character and personality.

'The Squid and the Whale'
hit few theaters in 2005, keeping a low appeal and low self-promotion to limited audiences across the United States. The film is based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his little brother in Brooklyn, New York. 'The Squid and the Whale' focuses on the dysfunction of the Berkman Family while going through a painful divorce, money troubles, sexual tensions, and other hardships.
To view such a film, one must take the average American household into perspective. Currently, fifty percent of all marriages in The United States of America end in divorce. America has seen money troubles just like in the film due to recent economic hardships and studies, unfortunately, show a considerable amount of marriages have seen a lack of loyalty to their partner or spouse. 'The Squid and the Whale' hits all the hardships felt in today's society; this is why I believe the movie is tremendously heartfelt and positively emotional for most viewers.

Writer and director, Noah Baumbach, grasps the viewers attention and takes you on an emotional roller coaster full of highs and lows throughout the whole movie. Overall, 'The Squid and the Whale' has taught me that in life one most be strong and independent in order to get through many obstacles that may be thrown in your path. Even throughout all the trauma of the Berkman family's experience, viewers have to overlook the negative for the little positive moments that eventually keep the family partially together.

'The Squid and the Whale' was nominated for "Best Writing, Original Screenplay" at the Oscars in 2006 and has another sixteen wins and twenty-five nominations in only five years time.

Submitted by: John Bat

More On 'The Squid and the Whale':
Stars: Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Jesse Eisenberg
Directed by: Noah Baumbach
Where You Can Get It: Rent it Here | Buy it Here

Related Content On Moviefone:
The Movie That Changed My Life: 'August Rush'
The Movie That Changed My Life: 'To Kill a Mockingbird'
The Movie That Changed My Life: 'Sleepless In Seattle'
The Movie That Changed My Life: 'Pay It Forward'
The Movie That Changed My Life: 'The Sound of Music'
The Squid and the Whale
R 2005
Based on 37 critics

Two brothers cope with their parents' (Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney) divorce. Read More

categories Features