Stiller and Watts play a childless New York married couple in their mid-forties who are beginning to feel their ages. Their world is turned around when they begin to hang out with a younger couple.
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The trailer opens showing its two stars considering having kids, but from how Watts has trouble holding a baby she does not seem like mother material. The viewer is then treated to a montage of silly sequences showing Stiller and Watts as they try to keep up with their new and much younger friends.
Written and directed by Noah Baumbach, “While We’re Young” co-stars Adam Horowitz, Charles Grodin, Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried.
The movie review site Rotten Tomatoes has given it a rating of 82%.
Variety said, “If age is just a state of mind, then “While We’re Young” is the best kind of therapy a fortysomething starting to lose touch with the younger generation could hope for: Witty, articulate and reminiscent of several talented directors who no longer mean so much to today’s kids, Noah Baumbach’s latest stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as husband-and-wife filmmakers who “adopt” a mid-20s hipster couple as friends. Though not as broadly appealing as a Judd Apatow picture, Baumbach’s own acutely observed this-is-life laffer features his most relatable characters yet. Marketed right, it stands to considerably outperform his other pics, which tend to top out around $4 million.”
And Lou Lumenick compared the movie to the films of Woody Allen writing in the New York Post, “Setting his film in a privileged white world so familiar to Allen’s fans, Baumbach hilariously skewers things like hip hop dancing and a drug-fueled encounter group with a shaman — you half expect Jeff Goldblum’s character from “Annie Hall” to show up looking for his mantra.”