DIRECTOR: NOAH BAUMBACH
CAST: BEN STILLER, GRETA GERWIG, JENNIFER JASON LEIGH
Baumbach in LA. “Are you going to let me in?” Florence (played by Greta Gerwig in the first of her collaborations with Baumbach) asks aloud as she unsuccessfully tries to merge into the next lane. She’ll soon meet Ben Stiller’s Roger Greenberg, who is house-sitting for his much more successful brother in the Hollywood Hills, nursing grudges, and telling anyone who doesn’t ask, “I’m really trying to do nothing for a while.” Stiller and Gerwig’s measured and natural chemistry is expertly directed by Baumbach in a character study about loneliness and our reluctance to let people in. It’s risky, tender and nuanced, just as one would have dreamed for in Baumbach, Stiller, and Gerwig’s first collaboration.