(M) Directed by Noah Baumbach
Starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts

by Ben McEachen

A funny, multi-faceted salvo at inter-generational issues, changes, regrets and envy, this mature dramedy reunites writer-director Noah Baumbach with his Greenberg star Ben Stiller. That pairing instantly divides the people, but those down with their brand of knowing knowing-ness should swoon over 40-somethings Josh (Stiller) and Cornelia (Watts) being “reborn” by hanging with hipsters (Driver and Amanda Seyfried). While We're Young fares strongly as a love-hate letter to a sub-culture, but is more astute at skewering how people desperately shape meaning for themselves (from ambitious dreams, to manipulated truth).

This review was originally published in Empire magazine, September 2018. To get Empire magazine, click here.