Writer/Director Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young starts out great with the story of a 40-something couple (Naomi Watts and Ben Stiller), who meets a 20-something couple (Amanda Seyfried and Adam Driver), and develops a friendship that rejuvenates them.
The interesting thing is that the young couple is living a retro (pre-computer) existence and the older couple is swept up in the digital life. It’s both refreshing and fun to watch the changes that occur.
However, half way through the film, Baumbach’s script takes a hard left turn and gives us a new story of how the younger couple is conning their elders in order to get an intro to the Stiller character’s father, an aging documentarian admirably played by Charles Grodin.
The Stiller character becomes a totally unlikeable jerk. Of course, it’s what’s written, but, unfortunately, Stiller is to drama what Stallone is to comedy. It doesn't work and we feel, somehow, violated. If it weren’t for Watts, Seyfried and Grodin, this could have been a complete disaster.
As it is, While We’re Young is reduced to a 3 out of 5.