The Squid and the Whale

Samuel Goldwyn Films presents a film written and directed by Noah Baumbach. Running time: 88 minutes. Rated R (for strong sexual content, graphic dialogue and language).


I was hoping to watch this film a second time before reviewing it, but in the interest of getting through the seemingly insurmountable list of make up reviews to write I’ll just go ahead and write something.


This film is the work of Noah Baumbach, who started in the mid-nineties with an Eric Stoltz and Parker Posey flick called Kicking and Screaming, not to be confused with Will Farrell’s soccer coaching comedy. The next time I heard of this guy he was co-writing The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Wes Anderson’s film about the hunting of a mythical shark for the soul purpose of enacting revenge for the death of a friend.


This film is a look at divorce through the eyes of a couple different kids. One of them regards his father as an intellectual giant, who was taken for granted by his idiot mother. The young son is the mother’s boy who jealously guards his mothers name by renouncing his father.


The film paints some very tough characters and fatal traits that parents pass on to their children and ends with a very touching realization (as most films should) that finds the young man somewhere in his darkest and most vulnerable memory linking him to one of his parents and The Squid and the Whale.

~ by fumikaelson on June 18, 2006.

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