Taglines: Life never gets old.
Middle-aged couple Josh (Ben Stiller) and Cornelia Schrebnick (Naomi Watts) have a shaky relationship while living in New York City. Josh is struggling on the post-production of his documentary film about leftist intellectual Ira Mandelstam (Peter Yarrow). His previous documentary about military-industrial complex titled The Power Elite was based on C. Wright Mills’s sociological theory. Both Josh and Cornelia are struggling to try and have children, although Cornelia is reluctant due to her miscarrying the past two pregnancies.
After finishing a lecture at the college he works at, Josh is approached by Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby Massey (Amanda Seyfried), a young couple who invite him and Cornelia out to dinner, the former claiming to be a fan of both his works and the works of his accomplished documentary filmmaker father-in-law, Leslie Breitbart (Charles Grodin). Josh is immediately awestruck by Jamie and Darby’s non-conservative outlook on life, and he and Cornelia begin spending more time with them and indulging in their activities.
An aspiring filmmaker himself, Jamie talks with Josh about their projects, including Josh’s own documentary. This inspires Jamie to make a film about connecting with an old high school friend that he found on Facebook. Jamie and Darby decide to invite Josh and Cornelia to an ayahuasca ceremony, where a hallucinating Cornelia makes out with Jamie, while Jamie receives Josh’s approval in helping with the production of his film.
Later, Cornelia agrees to help produce. Jamie and Josh manage to find the former’s friend, Kent Arlington (Brady Corbet), who is in the hospital for an attempted suicide. Not long after, Josh and Jamie discover that Kent was involved with a massacre during an Army tour in Afghanistan, creating an even bigger story for the focus of Jamie’s film.
While pitching his own film, Josh is dismayed when he cannot intrigue a hedge fund investor (Ryan Serhant) with the concept of his vague and confusing feature. Josh goes to Leslie with his film for a second opinion. When Leslie’s criticisms and suggestions are brought down by Josh, the two get into an argument over Josh and Cornelia’s inability to have children, as well as Josh calling himself a disappointment in the eyes of his father-in-law.
Josh then attends a party for a screening of Jamie’s own film, which is met far more positively by Leslie and even the hedge fund investor. A jealous Josh argues with Cornelia over Jamie’s success, and they separate. Josh meets up with Darby, who is growing sick of Jamie’s increasingly self-centered attitude, and tells him about Cornelia kissing Jamie. Josh angrily confronts Cornelia the next morning and angrily denounces Jamie.
While We’re Young is ar American comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by Noah Baumbach. The film stars Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, and Amanda Seyfried. It was screened in the Special Presentations section of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. The film centers on a New York-based documentary filmmaker and his wife (Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts, respectively), who begin hanging out with a couple in their 20s (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried). The film was released on March 27, 2015, by A24 Films.
While We’re Young
Directed by: Noah Baumbach
Starring: Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Maria Dizzia, Matthew Maher, Adam Horovitz, Amanda Seyfried, Dree Hemingway
Screenplay by: Noah Baumbach
Production Design by: Adam Stockhausen
Cinematography by: Sam Levy
Film Editing by: Jennifer Lame
Costume Design by: Ann Roth
Set Decoration by: Kris Moran
Music by: James Murphy
MPAA RatingB R for language.
Studio: A24 Films
Release Date: March 27, 2015