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Margot at the Wedding back to product details

Much better than "they" would have you believe
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written by glissando April 20, 2008 - 6:19 PM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
The titular/formal allusions to Rohmer are telling. Baumbach is building an interesting resume, much like Woody Allen, or Rohmer himself, if either of them made films much less frequently and took just a little bit more care directing actors. The drab realism here is so stark it's complex -- characters are laughing when you're blinking, trying to figure out if that is, in fact, what they just said, and they're tearfully slapping each other after what are probably, in some parallel universe, punch-lines. This has to be one of the most insurmountable marketing challenges since "My Dinner With Andre," which I suppose even still had a target demographic. My advice to the trailer cutter; next time you get Jack Black (who turns in a remarkably astute and believable performance) comparing his various reproductive organs on-screen, AND an auto-erotic Nicole Kidman (equally astute and believable, at least in that scene), don't waste it.

In brief, this isn't so much the next logical step from "Squid in the Whale" as it is yet another riff in the same modal scale -- darker, more intense, with less care about what might work for the audience. If only more young directors were this solipsistic without being arrogant, and this severely in need of behavioral therapy. Why, we might do away with target demographics all together.

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