While We're Young
Writer/Director: Noah Baumbach
Cast: Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfriend, Charles Groden, Adam Horowitz
Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts are Josh and Cornelia Srebnick, happily married middle-aged members of New York’s creative class. They tried to start a family and were unable to—and have decided they’re okay with that. But as Josh labors over the umpteenth edit of his cerebral new documentary, it’s plain that he has hit a dry patch and that something is still missing.
Enter Jamie (Driver) and Darby (Seyfried), a free-spirited young couple, who are spontaneous and untethered, ready to drop everything in pursuit of their next passion—retro board games one day, acquiring a pet chicken the next. For Josh, it’s as if a door has opened back to his youth—or a youth he wishes he once had.
It’s not long before the restless forty-somethings, Josh and Cornelia, throw aside friends their own age—including Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz in a sly supporting role—to trail after these young hipsters who seem so plugged in, so uninhibited, so Brooklyn cool. “Before we met,” Josh admits to Jamie, “the only two feelings I had left were wistful and disdainful.” But is this new inspiration enough to sustain collaboration and friendship with a couple twenty years Josh and Cornelia’s junior?