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Since I have a weak spot for Noah Baumbach’s work, I was quite eager to check this movie. Well, the tricky thing with this director is that he very often focuses on some usually rather unlikeable characters and, to be honest, as a result, it is rather difficult to really care for them or what they are going through. This movie was a good example, I’m afraid. Indeed, this time around, Baumbach decided to focus not on one but two douchbags. The first one was Josh who was another self-rigtheous pathetic loser that Ben Stiller has played too many times by now. Seriously, towards the end, he even gave us one of his typical hysterical scenes. Of course, the other douchebag was Jamie who was at first rather annoying but then he seemed to be for while some kind of generous freewheeling selfless hippy . However, at some point, it became pretty obvious that it was an act and that the guy was rather phony and terribly manipulative and calculating. Unfortunately, since Josh was not really a nice or interesting guy, it didn’t really care about what happened to him. Still, I did like how they managed to show that success in the movie business  has absolutely nothing to do with being actually genuine. In fact, if you have a decent idea and you are rather ruthless, you are actually more likely to succeed and nobody will really care if you are a major *sshole. And indeed, documentaries have never been about telling truth, they are just another way of telling a story. Anyway, to conclude, even though the whole thing didn’t really convince me, it was still a decent watch though and it is worth a look, especially if you are interested in Noah Baumbach’s work. 

Added by johanlefourbe
10 months ago on 1 August 2017 08:19

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