The Squid and the Whale


The Squid and the Whale
The Squid and the Whale centers around a father and a son (Jeff Daniels and Jesse Eisenberg). Their story is based on the childhood of writer/director Noah Baumbach, who co-wrote The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. The film takes place in 1986, when father and mother separated, when the older brother was discovering girls, when the younger brother was discovering masturbation, and when mom was starting to enjoy more success than dad. As insufferable as he is, Daniels' fraying character is fascinating. His abrasive personality is borne of insecurity and smugness. It's the kind of role that could easily carry the movie. Add in the characters who have to put up with him, and you get a wonderful, well-acted observation of a dysfunctional family. (M. Mapes, Movie Habit)

The Squid and the Whale


Due to the theatrical re-release of this film, our distributor cancelled our play date. Please come see Steve Martin's Shopgirl instead.


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