The first trailer for Noah Baumbach’s (The Squid and the Whale) latest film Greenberg has popped up online and I like that it’s difficult to pin down what the movie is about. It’s not that the tone is all over of the place and in general it looks like aimless-guy-learns-relationships-make-life-important, but there are so many little jokes and tiny moments that the movie looks bigger than such a simple premise. Also, Baumbach’s previous work (he also did Margot at the Wedding) supports that conclusion. And hey! Ben Stiller giving a real performance! Haven’t seen that in a long time.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and brief synopsis. Greenberg hits theaters on March 12, 2010.
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For those just tuning in, here’s a brief synopsis:
Meet Roger Greenberg (Ben Stiller): a dysfunctional 40-year-old at a crossroads in his life. Roger wants to “do nothing” for a while, so he agrees to housesit for his younger and more successful brother, giving him a free place to stay in L.A. While in town, he tries to reconnect with his old friends and band mates but times have changed, and old friends aren’t necessarily still best friends. Greenberg starts spending time with his brother’s personal assistant Florence (Great Gerwig), an aspiring singer and herself something of a lost soul too. During a series of embarrassingly awkward romantic encounters, we sense that perhaps even someone as irascible as Greenberg may have found somebody who is prepared to appreciate him for himself – if he would only stop critiquing Florence’s techniques in bed. Over the course of several weeks, we watch an uncertain and wonderfully vulnerable courtship play out, and learn how funny, and terribly unpredictable, love in the modern world can be.