The Meyerowitz Stories

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The Meyerowitz Stories
(New and Selected)
The Meyerowitz Stories.png
Film release poster
Directed by Noah Baumbach
Produced by
Written by Noah Baumbach
Starring
Music by Randy Newman
Cinematography Robbie Ryan
Edited by Jennifer Lame
Production
company
Distributed by Netflix
Release date
  • May 21, 2017 (2017-05-21) (Cannes)
  • October 13, 2017 (2017-10-13) (United States)
Running time
112 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)[1][2] is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed and written by Noah Baumbach. The film stars Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Elizabeth Marvel and Emma Thompson, and follows a group of dysfunctional adult siblings trying to live in the shadow of their father.

The Meyerowitz Stories was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or in the main competition section and also won the Palm Dog award at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.[2][3][4] It received positive reviews from critics, who praised Baumbach's script and direction as well as the performances, with Sandler especially singled out for praise. It was released in select theaters and on streaming by Netflix on October 13, 2017.

The film was the second Netflix film competing at Cannes – along with Okja – which caused a clash with the jury president Pedro Almodóvar, who sided with the opinion that Cannes Film Festival films should be made for big screens, not online streaming.[5] In 2017, the Cannes Film Festival announced a new rule, which requires a film competing at Cannes to "commit itself to being distributed in French movie theaters". A French law mandates that films can't be shown on streaming services for 36 months after their theatrical release, effectively blocking Netflix films from future festivals.[6]

Plot[edit]

After separating from his wife, unemployed Danny Meyerowitz (Adam Sandler) moves in with father Harold (Dustin Hoffman), a retired Bard College art professor and sculptor, and his third wife, Maureen (Emma Thompson), a pleasant if foggy alcoholic. Danny has a younger sister, Jean (Elizabeth Marvel), and they have a younger half-brother, Matthew (Ben Stiller). Danny is close to his daughter, Eliza (Grace Van Patten), who is starting college at Bard as a film student. Eliza shows one of her sexually-obsessed films to her family, who try hard not to show they are taken aback and instead compliment its energy and production values. Some of Harold's work has been selected as part of a faculty group show at Bard, but Harold refuses to be part of a group show. Danny and Harold attend the MoMA retrospective of a friend and contemporary of Harold's, the more successful L.J. Shapiro (Judd Hirsch). There neither father nor son feels comfortable; Harold is stung by signs that the art world has forgotten him and chooses to literally run away down the street. Danny meets Shapiro's daughter, his childhood friend Loretta (Rebecca Miller), but he must leave to chase after Harold.

Harold's younger son Matthew, a successful financial advisor to rock stars on the other side of the continent in Los Angeles, is in New York on business and meets Harold for lunch with an accountant friend. They try to counsel Harold to sell his Manhattan home and the sculpture stored there, since Harold and Maureen can barely pay the townhouse's utilities. Harold tells them that whether to sell the house will be a private family decision and stalks out. At a third restaurant he criticizes the prices, but orders lavishly once Matthew says he'll pay. Soon he decides he has been insulted and robbed as well, and the rapidly regressing Matthew is inveigled into another scene involving running, chasing and embarrassment. The two bond slightly in self-righteous indignation. That evening they pay a visit to Matthew's mother, Harold's second wife Julia (Candice Bergen), who has since married a man named Cody, a wealthy philistine. Julia tells Harold and Matthew that she is sorry she was not a better mother to Harold's three children; her directness makes them very uncomfortable and they can't leave fast enough. Matthew resents Harold for his preference for a life of art over money. "I beat you!", he screams at his father's departing Volvo.

Harold is diagnosed with a chronic subdural hematoma. He enters hospital, where as the days pass his children learn to manage his care themselves, after first leaning on Harold's doctor and nurse to take that responsibility. Outside the hospital Jean tells her brothers that the family friend who happens to be visiting Harold at the moment sexually harassed her when she was a child. Matthew and Danny let her walk away from them, then attack the friend's car with mounting exhilaration. At Bard to represent their father at the faculty group show, Matthew and Danny get into a fight, of sorts, on the quad; later, bloody and crying, each makes drug-addled remarks in Harold's place, mostly about themselves. As Harold convalesces at Maureen's place in the country (the townhouse having been sold, despite Matthew's change of heart), it dawns on Matthew and Harold that Harold's favorite sculpture "Matthew", a lifelong object of resentment for Danny and Jean, was probably based on his feelings for the child Danny. Danny, who up to now has been solicitous toward his father, refuses to care for him while Maureen is away and accepts his brother's offer of a trip to California. On the way to the plane he meets Loretta, now single, and she suggests they go together to the screening of a film Eliza has made. In the basement of the Whitney Eliza uncovers the sculpture lent by her grandfather, long believed to have been lost.

Cast[edit]

  • Adam Sandler as Danny Meyerowitz, Eliza’s father, Matthew and Jean’s brother and the son of Harold Meyerowitz. Currently unemployed and is an emotionally distant person. He does however seem loving towards his family.
  • Ben Stiller as Matthew Meyerowitz, Danny and Jean’s brother and the son of Harold Meyerowitz. A successful financier and has more troubles with his dad.
  • Dustin Hoffman as Harold Meyerowitz, a sculptor, Maureen and Julia’s husband and the father to Danny, Matthew, and Jean. A eccentric, passionate, and self-motivated person who does want to be a dad but always puts himself back in his own wants.
  • Elizabeth Marvel as Jean Meyerowitz, Danny and Matthew’s sister and the daughter of Harold Meyerowitz. She is quirky and awkward but seems to be the only one who did something with her artistic talents into a career.
  • Emma Thompson as Maureen, Harold's current wife. She makes odd raw soup.
  • Grace Van Patten as Eliza Meyerowitz, Danny's daughter and the girlfriend of Marcus. A film student who makes sexually-passionate film.
  • Candice Bergen as Julia, Harold's second wife and Matthew's mother
  • Rebecca Miller as Loretta Shapiro, L.J.'s daughter
  • Judd Hirsch as L.J. Shapiro, Loretta’s father, a contemporary artist and Harold's friend. Harold seems fed up with things going on in the art world and finds his current show a reflection of that.
  • Adam Driver as Randy
  • Sigourney Weaver as herself[7]
  • Michael Chernus as Nurse
  • Gayle Rankin as Pam[8]
  • Danny Flaherty as Marcus, Eliza's boyfriend
  • Adam David Thompson as Brian
  • Ronald Alexander Peet as James
  • Sakina Jaffrey as Dr. Soni
  • Josh Hamilton as Loretta’s friend

Production[edit]

Principal photography on the film began on March 7, 2016 in New York City.[9][10][11][12] Hospital footage was filmed at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center in Sleepy Hollow, New York and Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan. Production concluded on May 9, 2016.[13]

During filming, the movie was known by the working title Yeh Din Ka Kissa, "The Tale of This Day" in Hindi.[14]

Release[edit]

In April 2017, Netflix acquired distribution rights to the film.[15] It had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 21, 2017,[16] where it received a four-minute standing ovation.[17]

The film was released in select theaters and streaming on Netflix on October 13, 2017.[18]

Critical response[edit]

Adam Sandler garnered acclaim for his performance, with many critics calling it one of the best of his career.

On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 93% based on 160 reviews, and an average rating of 7.7/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) observes the family dynamic through writer-director Noah Baumbach's bittersweet lens and the impressive efforts of a remarkable cast."[19] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating, the film has a weighted average score of 79 out of 100, based on 40 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[20]

Richard Roeper of Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 3.5 out of 4 stars and praised the cast and script, saying: "They’re a smart and sophisticated and relatively privileged bunch, but they’re miserable and ridiculous, which makes for some poignant insights and some sharp comedy. We enjoy the Meyerowitz clan, even as we praise the heavens we’re not like them and we don’t live next door to any of ’em."[21] Writing for Rolling Stone, Peter Travers also gave the film 3.5 out of 4 stars, writing, "Noah Baumbach's funny, literate story gives Dustin Hoffman, Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller plum roles – and may be the best thing he's ever done."[22]

Peter Debruge of Variety gave the film a positive review, calling it the best Netflix film to date and praising Sandler's performance, writing: "With no shtick to fall back on, Sandler is forced to act, and it’s a glorious thing to watch — even for those fans who like him best in perpetual man-child mode (don’t worry: the character is a full-grown variation on that familiar Sandler prototype)."[23] Other critics were equal with their praise of Sandler, with various outlets calling his performance a "triumph," "miraculously great" and that "it's time to admit that Adam Sandler is actually a good actor."[24]

Accolades[edit]

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref.
Boston Society of Film Critics December 10, 2017 Best Cast The cast of The Meyerowitz Stories Won [25]
Cannes Film Festival May 26, 2017 Palme D'Or Noah Baumbach Nominated [26]
Palm Dog Award Einstein Won [27]
Critics' Choice Movie Awards January 11, 2018 Best Actor in a Comedy Adam Sandler Nominated [28]
Golden Tomato Awards January 3, 2018 Best Comedy Movie 2017 The Meyerowitz Stories 5th Place [29]
Gotham Independent Film Awards November 27, 2017 Best Actor Adam Sandler Nominated [30]
Hollywood Film Awards November 5, 2017 Hollywood Comedy Award Adam Sandler Won [31]
Humanitas Prize February 16, 2018 Feature – Comedy Noah Baumbach Nominated [32]
Satellite Awards February 10, 2018 Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Dustin Hoffman Nominated [33]

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