When You Finish Saving the World: Jesse Eisenberg’s Feature Directing Debut (Sundance Film Fest 2022)

Julianne Moore and Finn Wolfhard star as a mother and son with a thorny relationship in Jesse Eisenberg’s bitterly funny feature directorial debut, When You Finish Saving the World.

The movie, which is clever and unsettling, inevitably brings to mind Eisenberg’s own breakthrough as an actor, in Noah’s Baumbach’s 2005 coming of age feature, The Squid and the Whale (his best work to date, which had also played at Sundance).