I think I’m sick, and I don’t know if my ailment has a name. It’s just me sitting and staring at the internet or the television for long periods of time, interspersed by trying to not do that and then lying about what I’ve been doing. And then I’ll get so excited about something that the excitement overwhelms me and I can’t sleep or do anything and I just am in love with everything but can’t figure out how to make myself work in the world.
By turns hilarious and heartrending, The Squid and the Whale is one of Noah Baumbach’s most autobiographical works. Rooted in his experiences growing up in a hyperliterate household in 1980s Park Slope, this ensemble comedy captures the tempestuous dynamics between two ambitious writers and their precocious sons as they weather the fallout of a painful divorce. To bring this unsparing portrait of family dysfunction to the screen, Baumbach enlisted a formidable cast, whose chemistry brings a sense of lifelike authenticity to the director’s barbed dialogue and tender characterizations.