The Squid and the Whale

The Squid and the Whale

DVD - 2006
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Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents' divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s. The patriarch of an eccentric Brooklyn family claims to once have been a great novelist, but ultimately decided to settled into a teaching job. When his wife discovers a writing talent of her own, jealousy divides the family. The two teenage sons are forced to forge new relationships with their parents. Their mom begins dating her younger son's tennis coach. Meanwhile, dad has an affair with the student his older son is pursuing.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, c2006
Edition: Special ed
Branch Call Number: DVD SQU
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (81 min.) : Dolby Surround digital sd., col. ; 12 cm


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Apr 15, 2018

How to be unhappy in the biggest city in North America, with the greatest number of cultural opportunities. Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney do a great job of being miserable, and it's always interesting to watch the young Jesse Eisenberg. Only a New Yorker could imitate Belmondo doing the lip job from Breathless as he is being loaded into an ambulance!

Nov 12, 2017

Not too interesting, but may be useful for parents... To understand how deep our kids depend on our behavour... Not important what we say. Important what we do...

Feb 03, 2016

Not much about this film held my interest. I really saw nothing in the story that mimicked real life. It bothered me that the youngest son was allowed to cuss so much and with such terrible words. Really didn't care much for this one at all.

May 12, 2015

Spooky and strange. A family with real problems that are not solved.

Jan 05, 2015

The reviewer, ashleysears, hits the nail on the head with the review. This is one messed up family, there are some good laughs in the movie but overall the story and characters need some serious tweaking. Still a watchable movie.

Nov 27, 2014

title of this movie should be "how to ruin your relationship 101". jerk of a father clueless mother and two lost kids. i'm definitely making my kids to watch it as How Not To movie.
and bad language.

Nov 26, 2014

I honestly hated the son - just have your own thoughts, and stop putting all the blame on your mother. The father is so miserable. The youngest son needs some major therapy, which I don't understand why they don't get him in to see a doctor, but they get the oldest son one because he lied about writing a song. It's one messed up family, but by the end I was glad what happened between the dad and oldest son - he needed a break from that negativity and overbearing personality.

manuelaleal Nov 14, 2014

Lovely earnest film about two boys in Park Slope, Brooklyn as they witness the divorce of their lefty intellectual writer-parents.
Great small film. Highly recommended.

btmslt Apr 13, 2013

A bit disappointing after all the good things I had herd about the film.

Jul 13, 2012

Super talented cast. Jeff Daniels - great as the pseudo-intellectual emotionally catatonic Dad: broke, cheap, and clueless in his delusional world of superiority. Laura Linney is terrific as his ex - evolving, growing, changing... no longer settling. Everyone's confused, lost. Searching. No one knows how or what to feel. The sons emulate their examples, whether it's treating females like sh*t; or plagiarizing (song)writers; or drinking booze at eight years old. A stirring piece, obviously straight from Mr. Baumbach's heart. The ending could've used a little tweaking. Still an excellent flick.

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Jul 13, 2012

(first lines) Frank Berkman: "Mom and me versus you and Dad."


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