“The Meyerowitz Stories” – Family, I hate you (on occasion)

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Danny (Adam Sandler, surprisingly fair) plays the half-brother of Matthew (Ben Stiller), is regarded by all as the favorite of the patriarch of the family Meyerowitz.

To hope for something from Adam Sandler, is this still possible ? His career is crowded with platitudes, with here and there rare pearls, whose Punch-Drunk Love, Paul Thomas Anderson, to which we must now add The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), Noah Baumbach (The Squid and The Whale, Frances Ha, While We’re Young), the one who continues the great tradition of jewish humour new york at the cinema.


Once again in his universe where the neuroses sprawl theatrically, and at full volume, they revolve around a family dominated by a father, Harold Meyerowitz (Dustin Hoffman, imperial), who seems to have failed at everything : his career, his marriages, and especially that of her children, three of two joint different. At the time when one is preparing to organize a retrospective of his work — no, not at the MoMA, where a friend will be entitled to his, much to his dismay — and where her home could be sold, with all that is in his workshop, this is the opportunity for the children to meet. Reluctantly.


Danny (Adam Sandler, surprisingly fair), freshly divorced and anxious before the departure of his daughter for her studies in cinema, would have violently objected to this sale, but it doesn’t really allies with his sister, Jean (Elizabeth Marvel, a role that is thankless defended with aplomb) and his half-brother Matthew (Ben Stiller), a rich artists ‘ agent established in Los Angeles, is regarded by all as the favorite of the father. The idea of any bazarder enchants especially Maureen (hilarious Emma Thompson as the old hippie), the last joint in the title of Harold, and the tension rises a notch, accented by health concerns that overshadow temporarily the patriarch of the dynamics neurotic family.

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It is shown in the form of chapters, as much slice-of-life, a montage sometimes dreadful pauses in order to better explore each of the characters, rarely friendly, and often unpredictable (that is an understatement). Under the direction of Noah Baumbach, a regular overflows with emotional and logorrhées verbal, these anti-heroes cross the screen at a run, screaming at the top of his lungs, and do not cease to humiliate himself in public (even when they pay tribute to their father !), so many funny situations or ambiguous in succession in a frenzy cheering.


Through a force of attraction comparable to that of Woody Allen, it draws in its wake a host of well-known actors, regulars (Ben Stiller), but also a few figures respected (Adam Driver, Candice Bergen), the time of a scene, thus adding a special touch. It is of course pleasant distractions in a film that is oscillating often between laughter and tears, shouts of joy and holy anger — against the motorists, the medical staff, or an old man going senile once lustful. The targets of these beings, the wounded are many, but these are intended not as fair as in the direction of their own siblings, assisted by a filmmaker who long-established practice of the art of the ridiculous verbomotrice. With a sharp grin.

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

Comedy-drama from Noah Baumbach. With Dustin Hoffman, Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Elizabeth Marvel. United states, 2017, 110 minutes.

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