Malaise of various kinds has manifested itself in the work of American director Noah Baumbach. In 2012, the much adored Frances Ha saw the director chronicle the ailing dance career and resultant ennui of an arrested development twenty-something whilst gently ribbing consciously cool New Yorkers. His new picture, While We’re Young (2014), explores both professional stagnation and sends up trendy hipster culture through a more traditional mid-life crisis narrative. Providing a further through line between the films is Adam Driver who stars alongside Amanda Seyfried, Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts in a film that talks about getting old and artistic integrity while keeping the laughs plentiful.
Stiller is the best he’s been for some time as filmmaker Josh. A promising start to his career has given way to the mire of a turgid six-hour opus that he describes differently each time he speaks about it (“it’s about America”, he defaults). He and wife Cornelia (Watts) are childless and outwardly happy, after all, it’s the freedom to do anything that matters, not what you do with it. As friends keep trying to pressurise them into the cult of baby, they suddenly find a revitalising fix of spontaneity and joie de vivre through Jamie (Driver) and Darby (Seyfried). Soon, Josh and Cornelia are attending hip-hop dance classes and Ayahuasca ceremonies. Baumbach highlights the generational differences – “it’s like their apartment, young is full of stuff we threw out” – as the older pair become more enamoured with their new friends.
Darby makes homemade artisan ice cream in flavours such as avocado, while Jamie wows Josh with his vinyl and VHS collections. Their boho lifestyle provokes something in Josh and Cornelia but it’s when Jamie seeks advice from Cornelia’s famous documentarian father, Leslie (Charles Grodin), on his own film that cracks begin to show in the previously blemish free generosity of spirit. Without dropping the comedy ball for a minute, While We’re Young changes tack and begins to adroitly explore separate age groups’ diverging attitudes towards not only life but also authenticity and ownership, particularly in this age of the internet and social media. Driver and Stiller perfectly encapsulate those two outlooks, and events turn sour as Josh sets out to sabotage and discredit the project of his friend and would-be-protégé.
James Murphy has scored the new Noah Baumbach film While We’re Young, starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried, and Adam Driver. (And also featuring the Beastie Boys’ Ad-Rock).
Milan Records will release the film’s soundtrack on CD and digital download on March 24, with the vinyl (with download card) coming on May 19. Check out the tracklist below. In addition to pieces of Murphy’s score (including an instrumental version of David Bowie’s “Golden Years”), it contains music from A Tribe Called Quest, Haim, Paul McCartney and Wings, and more.
While We’re Young opens March 27.
While We’re Young Motion Picture Soundtrack:
01 James Murphy: “Golden Years”
02 Antonio Vivaldi: “Concerto for Lute, 2 Violins and Continuo in D, RV. 93″
03 Lionel Richie: “All Night Long (All Night)”
04 A Tribe Called Quest: “Buggin’ Out”
05 The Psychedelic Furs: “The Ghost in You”
06 Danny Kaye: “The Inch Worm”
07 James Murphy: “Only the Stars Above Welcome Me Home”
08 Haim: “Falling (Duke Dumont Remix)”
09 Survivor: “Eye of the Tiger”
10 Antonio Vivaldi: “Andante du Concerto Pour Flautino en ut Majeur (From the MGM film The Wild Child)”
11 Foreigner: “Waiting for a Girl Like You”
12 Paul McCartney & Wings: “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five”
13 James Murphy: “We Used to Dance”
14 David Bowie: “Golden Years”
While We’re Young Release Date Info:
UK 18 February 2015 (Glasgow Film Festival)
USA 27 March 2015
UK 3 April 2015
Spain 17 April 2015
Amanda Seyfried and Theo James will topline “Black Lung,” a supernatural thriller from 2929 Prods. and Emily Ziff and Sara Murphy of Cooper’s Town Prods.
The Solution Entertainment Group, co-founded by Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel, is handling international rights and will launch sales at the European Film Market in Berlin. WME is repping U.S. rights.
Cary Fukunaga executive produces through his Parliament of Owls shingle.
Principal photography begins this summer on the pic, which marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Chase Palmer, who also wrote the “Black Lung” script.
Award-winning filmmaker Chase Palmer, whose scripts have appeared on the Black List, will make his feature film debut, directing from his own screenplay.
Amanda in this one but thought you guys might want to see it if you missed it during the game.