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While We’re Young

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Noah Baumbach

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About the Movie

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 193
  • Fresh: 161
  • Rotten: 32
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: For about an hour, "While We're Young" was one of the most exhilarating times I've had at the movies in many a month. It played like razor-sharp Woody Allen in his prime. – Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times, Apr 4, 2015

Rotten: While We're Young may provide the fusion of two disparate narrative packages but the glass is only half-full. – James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Apr 10, 2015

Fresh: Baumbach, whose films include the searingly funny, autobiographical The Squid and the Whale and the brilliantly uncomfortable Margot at the Wedding, writes wry, sharp, poignant stuff. – Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, Apr 10, 2015

Fresh: The wonderful thing about While We're Young and the relationship that develops between Josh and Cornelia and Jamie and Darby is that it's less about resentment than it is a celebration of romantic love. At least initially. – Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, Apr 10, 2015

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Customer Reviews

Thumbs Down!

One of the worst films I have sat through in the past 10 years. I wanted to get up and walk out but I just knew it had to get better (it didn’t).
It was not funny, it was sad and my 2 hours and $10 was worth so much more than the movie offered.

While We're Young

Such an adorable movie! Loved it and live it! Saw it two times in the Theatre and awaiting its arrival to iTunes! Great flick!

Too honest!

If you’re middle aged and you watch this movie, you’re going to feel worse afterwards. A new, younger generation is always going to replace you and will do it in a style that is unbecoming of your generation. This is life, or is it?