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2010-09-21 11:27

What it's about:

The funny and moving tale of Roger Greenberg (Ben Stiller) - a single, fortyish man at a crossroads in his life, when he finds himself in Los Angeles, house-sitting for six weeks for his more successful and married-with-children brother. In search of a place to restart his life, Greenberg tries to reconnect with old friends, including his former bandmate, Ivan. But, old friends aren’t necessarily best friends, and Greenberg soon finds himself spending more and more time with his brother’s personal assistant, Florence, an aspiring singer and something of a lost soul. Despite his best attempts not to be drawn in, Greenberg and Florence manage to forge a connection, and Greenberg realises that he may, at last, have found a reason to be happy.

What the critics thought:

"The movie has the easy, unforced feel of the temporary timeout in life that Roger himself has embarked on. The script is full of funny, observant lines."
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

"I never knew who Ben Stiller was born to play, but now I do."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"Greenberg scintillates with intelligence, razor's-edge humour and austere empathy for its struggling lovers."
- Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

"It’s an intelligent, original piece of work that totally flouts Hollywood formula while delivering killer lines with the sort of casual abandon that suggests a director totally in control of his material."
- Tim Evans, Sky Movies

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