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The Squid and the Whale (2005) Movie Information

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Noah Baumbach


Owen Kline
Jeff Daniels
Laura Linney
William Baldwin
Anna Paquin
Jesse Eisenberg





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Drawing a cue from his frequent collaborator, Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach directs a film full of dark comedy and quiet revelation about a severely fractured family. The film's best moments are its most human ones, rooted in basic emotion. When the film gets too obsessed with being odd or indie, it falls apart.

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Snoogans 11/29/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Just as dramatic, as it is black humored. I enjoyed it.

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"How to screw up your kids." I thought the writing was smart and generated several talking points, but the characters' actions and words can be so pungent it ultimately distracts from the themes of the movie.

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goodfellamike 09/17/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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An acute, well-written, highly personal drama of an already fractured family and their struggle with parental separation; nicely acted (especially by Jeff Daniels) and full of insight, but very little is solved by the end. Final Grade: B+

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"The Squid And The Whale" by Yojimbo

The Squid And the Whale is a typical "indie" movie. It has a script that is based upon an interesting idea (the effect of divorce between two middle class intellectuals upon their children), some well written characters and a smattering of funny lines and odd situations. But that's it. It doesn't GO anywhere. There is no attempt at a narrative plot and it basically just leaves you hanging there, trying to make sense of it and to me, that's just as lazy as throwing in a gratuitous love interest or a pointless car chase. Jeff Daniels is as great as always, playing a domineering self obsessed asshole in a way that lesser actors wouldn't touch for fear of tainting their "image". The rest of the cast are also very good and it definitely has moments, but a collection of moments does not necessa...

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