It’s been over a year since someone recommended a movie to me…most likely because I do this article and usually tear the film apart. Well, during my recent visit back to San Diego I was told that While We’re Young was a good movie I should consider. It didn’t click at first that this would be another one of these articles, again, it’s been awhile, but then I started the movie. Let’s just say being annoyed through most of the movie isn’t a good thing.
Josh (Ben Stiller) and Cornelia (Naomi Watts) are a middle aged couple who have found themselves in a bit of a rut with their marriage. They each do their own thing separately and when they do come together there is no connection, which is made all the more difficult because of their smart phones. During a class, Josh meets a young married couple (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried) who seem interested in his documentary career. Josh and his wife start to hang out with the couple feeling that their interaction with them makes them feel alive again and important. Once Josh agrees to help on their documentary, he begins to slowly but surely feel that maybe these two aren’t what they seem to be.
Starting with the good, as I usually try to do, the acting in this film is across the board great. Adam Driver plays the stuck up know-it-all hipster to perfection. Stiller and Watts are also great in their roles of an older married couple trying to figure things out. Charles Grodon, someone I miss in film and television is a very welcome presence here. The cinematography is also well done here, given the film the matching annoying instagram feeling throughout. Where this film should have shined was in the story, which was wasted to make some stupid point about what truth is.
Maybe I am finally old, but watching a movie about an older married couple finding what happiness is through two pretentious and annoying hipsters isn’t enjoyable. Now, coming up on the ten year mark in my marriage, I can understand the rut that can become all too familiar and the desire to find that spark again. That’s what I wanted this movie to be about, not some pseudo-intellectual tripe about what truth is in today’s world. Truth, to this films point no longer matters, especially in today’s society. It’s about what we think or can make people think is true. It was so frustrating seeing the cheating elitist hipster get away with what he did and to be hailed as brilliant by today’s young execs and yesterday’s liberal heroes. Top all this off with the final moments of the film finding the couple staring at a toddler playing with an IPhone. Before credits roll we see that as they stare the face they start to make is one of uncertainty and even possibly fear in that they made the wrong choice.
Unfortunately this is what the world believes concerning truth. It is subjective and there really is no such thing as truth outside of what the individual deems to be true or not. The words of Grodon’s character at the end during his speech are empty words meant to be intellectual. He nor the younger generation believe what he is saying concerning truth. They, like true secularism and liberalism are liars wrapped snuggly in their blanket of self importance and the eternal struggle force acceptance, no matter how screwed up their worldview is. Wasted talent, wasted potential, another waste of time. But hey, I got a new article out of it…so I got that going for me.
1 and ½ stars out of 4