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Release Date: 2005

DVD Release Date: March 21st, 2006

R|1 hr 20 min

Plot Summary
A pair of brothers living in Brooklyn are caught in the middle of, and deeply affected by, the divorce of their erudite parents, Bernard (Jeff Daniels) and Joan Berkman (Laura Linney). Older sibling Walt (Jesse Eisenberg) sides with dad and acts out at school, while younger brother Frank (Owen Kline) quietly backs up mom. The household tension rises further when Joan's writing career takes off and surpasses the failed ambitions of her professor ex-husband.

Cast: Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Jesse Eisenberg, Owen Kline, William Baldwin, Halley Feiffer, Anna Paquin, Adam Rose

Director: Noah Baumbach

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Emerging Pictures

Keywords: House, Growing up, Rivalry, 1980s, Emotional

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  • Steering clear of phony melodrama and indie pretense, Baumbach captures a crisis in one family's life that, though it shakes the foundation, leaves all four Berkmans drifting toward highs and lows unknown, each of them only dimly aware that, no matter what the movies tell us, we never really come of age. show more

  • The absence of any nuance in the father's character bespeaks the filmmaker's unwillingness to trust his audience. Making the movie may have been therapeutic for him, but I can't say the same about watching it.

  • Insightful, funny-sad memoir of divorce, intellectual style and emotional rebirth. show more

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Awards

Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Writing (Original Screenplay)