Posted April 11, 2010 by William Dunmyer in Uncategorized

Greenberg: Great Protagonist, No Story

Noah Baumbach’s “Greenberg” is only 107 minutes long, but it seems to go on forever. The first 30 minutes are hilarious, but then the film starts repeating itself — over and over and over. The lead character (played by Ben Stiller) is a brilliant creation, but Baumbach didn’t come up with a compelling story to build around the character. After a half-hour of watching his quirkiness and irascibility, the novelty wears off. I kept waiting for Act 2 to begin, and it never did.

William Dunmyer

William Dunmyer is a lifelong cinephile who fell in love with movies at about the age of 5. He lives in New York City.