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Greenberg (2010)

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A man from Los Angeles, who moved to New York years ago, returns to L.A. to figure out his life while he house-sits for his brother. He soon sparks with his brother's assistant.

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Gallery Band Member
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We like Florence: she's considerate, sweet, pretty, and terrific with kids and dogs. She's twenty-five, personal assistant to an L.A. family that's off on vacation. Her boss's brother comes in from New York City, fresh from a stay at an asylum, to take care of the house. He's Roger, a forty-year-old carpenter, gone from L.A. for fifteen years. He arrives, doesn't drive, and needs Florence's help, especially with the family's dog. He's also connecting with former band-mates - two men and one woman with whom he has a history. He over-analyzes, has a short fuse, and doesn't laugh at himself easily. As he navigates past and present, he's his own saboteur. And what of Florence? is Roger one more responsibility for her or something else? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for some strong sexuality, drug use, and language | See all certifications »

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26 March 2010 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$118,152 (USA) (19 March 2010)

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$4,216,789 (USA) (21 May 2010)
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Many of the actors in this film were first better known as the siblings or children of previously famous entertainment industry professionals: Ben Stiller is the son of comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara; Jennifer Jason Leigh is the daughter of screenwriter Barbara Turner and actor Vic Morrow; Jake Paltrow is the brother of actor Gwyneth Paltrow and the son of producer Bruce Paltrow and actor Blythe Danner; Juno Temple is the daughter of director Julien Temple; Dave Franco is the brother of actor James Franco; Max Hoffman is the son of actor Dustin Hoffman; Zosia Mamet is the daughter of actor Lindsay Crouse and writer David Mamet. See more »

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In the final scene just after Roger received the second doll he walks screen right. As the camera pans with his movement, it appears as though the camera is visible in the bathroom mirror at the back of the scene. See more »

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Roger Greenberg: All the men out here dress like children and the kids dress like superheroes.
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References Mannequin (1987) See more »

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Melody
Written and Performed by Serge Gainsbourg
Courtesy of Mercury France
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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"Greenberg" is so awkward.
21 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ben Stiller isn't funny when he tries too hard, nor can he be emotionally effective playing an unlikable bum. There I said it! Stiller stars in "Greenberg". He plays the title character named Roger, a washed-up failed musician who watches over his jerk of a brother's house while his brother is on vacation in Vietnam. Greenebrg is so unlikable it's impossible to root for him. It doesn't help that Stiller does "look at me acting" work. The writers don't do a clever job by making it a challenge to like the lead. All they do is butcher the story, making it an absolute mess of simple- shot filmmaking. Stiller falls for his brothers maid played by Greta Gerwig, the most unlikable actress who is so irritating and stupid that I prayed for the worst possible outcome for her pathetic character. "Greenberg" is full of awkwardness. From it's surprising strong, uncomfortable sex scenes to Greenebrg's socially challenged behavior, director Noah Baumbach proves he had no idea what he we was doing with this worthless script. Not only is this film glacially slow, containing a tedious male lead, has no back story, and too long, but it fails at making a story about relationships. The routine relationships in Roger's life are so weak. The black- comedy doesn't work here. All it feels like is thrown out ideas on a script a wanna be writer would create. The story is progressive and never felt like the story was leading towards any big climax or conclusion. "Greenberg" is one of the most terrible movie-going experiences of my life.


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