Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected): Noah Baumbach’s Old-Fashioned Family Melodrama

Written and directed by Noah Baumbach, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) benefits tremendously from its high caliber of acting.  

The movie stars Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Elizabeth Marvel, Grace Van Patten and Emma Thompson, and in small roles Candice Bergman and Sigourney Weaver.

This old fashioned movie, which harks back to Jewish-themed lays and films of the 1950s and 1960s, is yet another intergenerational tale of adult siblings contending with the influence of their aging father.

Made by IAC Films, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) is produced by Scott Rudin, Baumbach, Lila Yacoub and Eli Bush.

The main reason to see this film, which world premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Fest (in competition) and walked out empty as far as awards are concerned, is Adam Sandler’s Oscar caliber performance, a multi-nuanced portrait of a complex and complicated son (Hoffman is his father) and half-brother (to Ben Stiller).

Baumbach is essentially a post-modernist filmmaker, but in this case, he resorts to the familiar narratives of Jewish families, defined by neurosis (and perhaps even psychosis), a function of tensions deeply ingrained in the Jewish culture as well as the articular persona involved, who, for the most part, cannot overcome major obstacles that stand in their way for establishing strong identities and firm lifestyles of their own.