The new movie While We’re Young stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts. The director, Noah Baumbach aimed to emulate the screwball comedies he idolised as an adolescent to make his “comedy about marriage.”
“I saw it in a very traditional way,” the director tells today’s Guardian (March 28). His intention was to make a film “about adults coming apart to come together. Screwball comedy in the 30s and 40s had this, and movies of my adolescence, like Mike Nichols, Sydney Pollack, James L Brooks and Woody Allen have made."
Baumbach declares that he wanted to do his version “of that kind of movie, and see what that would be. Also to allow for physical humour and to get some clear laughs.”
The director first came to widespread public notice for the Oscar-nominated, 80s-period The Squid And The Whale. Baumbach also co-wrote (with Steve Zissou) Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic which appeared in 2004.
His most recent movie, Frances Ha was co-written by Baumbach’s partner, Greta Gerwig, who also starred. Read our review.
In the meantime here's the trailer for While We're Young