Noah Baumbach Tackles Midlife Crises in New WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Trailer

     February 26, 2015

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A24 Films has released a new While We’re Young trailer for writer/director Noah Baumbach’s upcoming comedy. The story follows a childless married couple (Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts) who decide to reclaim their youth by hanging out with a young, hip couple (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried). I caught the film at TIFF and it’s both hilarious and wildly entertaining. This is easily Baumbach’s most commercial film yet, but he doesn’t sacrifice his sensibility as an artist in the process. The playfulness of Frances Ha permeates throughout, but the film is also one of Baumbach’s most plot-heavy, offering up a few twists and turns over the course of the runtime.

This new trailer is very well crafted and excellently captures the spirit of the film, though it does come close to giving a couple things away at points so if you’re spoiler-averse, you may want to just wait for the full film. But the movie’s success rests on the performances of Stiller and Watts, who have excellent chemistry that’s both relatable and wonderfully fun. See this movie.

Watch the new While We’re Young trailer below, via A24 Films, and click here to read Phil’s review from TIFF. The film also stars Charles Grodin, Maria Dizzia, and Adam Horovitz (yes, Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz). While We’re Young opens in limited release on March 27th before expanding wide in April.

Here’s the official synopsis for While We’re Young:

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 film, it’s plain that he has hit a dry patch and that something is still missing.

 

Enter Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda 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 their junior?

 

While We’re Young is an openly funny cross-generational comedy of manners about aging, ambition and success, as well as a moving portrait of a marriage tested by the invading forces of youth. No film has better captured the weird, upended logic of urban sophisticates: the older ones embracing their iPads and Netflix, the young ones craving vinyl records and vintage VHS tapes.

 

Powered by Stiller and Driver’s note-perfect lead performances and loose, comic turns by Watts and Seyfried, While We’re Young is a complete pleasure to watch.

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