The comedy/drama film While We’re Young missed the spotlight when it was first released in 2014.
Its star-studded cast, award-winning director and satirical humor led us to include it in our most recent installment of Netflix Resurrection, a series that shines a light on movies we feel deserved more attention than what they got when they were released.
While We’re Young tells the story of Josh and Cornelia, a married couple in their ‘40s who want to bring some spice back into their lives. Their relationship lost its sizzle after they didn’t have children, and Josh’s career deteriorated when he lost inspiration for his documentary films.
But when the middle-aged couple befriends Jamie and Darby, a free-spirited couple in their ‘20s, they ditch their older friends and try to make a fresh start. The young couple turns out to not be the solution to Josh and Cornelia’s problems, but the road toward the revelation is full of comedy and meaningful messages.
While We’re Young is directed by Noah Baumbach, an acclaimed figure in the industry. His films The Squid and the Whale (2005) and Marriage Story (2019) earned him two Academy Awards nominations in the Best Original Screenplay category.
The movie shows Baumbach’s thematic interest in complicated relationships, growing up and growing old—especially in the way that Josh and Cornelia feel out of place in their relationships and careers.
It features a cast made up by some of the most popular names in the industry. They include Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts (who play the middle-aged couple, Josh and Cornelia), as well as Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried (who play the younger couple, Jamie and Darby).
Stiller gives a funny portrayal by blending witty and physical comedy, like when he plays a careerist in hipster’s clothing. It escalates into a generational comedy that will have the audience laughing hysterically.
While We’re Young offers an emotional message. It examines the way different generations see and value life, friendships and technology. The film also has a fantastic soundtrack that assembles classics from the 80s, immersing the audience into the younger lives that Josh and Cornelia want to remember.
The film has well-developed characters, hilarious dialogue and a message that is worth watching. While We’re Young is not an award-winning movie, but the comical acting will give you a good laugh.