While We’re Young follows middle-aged couple Josh (Ben Stiller) and Cornelia (Naomi Watts) as they befriend a much younger couple (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried), who begin to have a huge impact on their careers and relationship.
While We’re Young is the latest comedy-drama from director Noah Baumbach. Known for directing films like Greenberg (also starring Ben Stiller) and Frances Ha, While We’re Young is another entertaining, yet interesting film. The comedic moments are very strong partly due to the performances by Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts, but also the excellent lines of dialogue written by Baumbach. This keeps the film engaging and entertaining. The characters are also developed really well. Audiences will immediately be invested in the leads portrayed by Stiller and Watts. There is something very authentic and relatable about these characters that makes them particularly strong.
Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts share great chemistry and are believable as this middle-aged couple. Stiller continues to prove that when he is given the right role, he can deliver. That’s the case here with Josh. Stiller is undeniably charming in the role. He also excels in the comedic moments. Naomi Watts is also great in the film. She excels in the comedic moments as well, particularly a comedic sequence where her character begins to take hip-hop dance classes. Both Stiller and Watts expertly convey the angst and doubt of being older, yet still being uncertain with your life. Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried are great as the younger couple who befriends Josh and Cornelia. Driver continues to prove be a talented up-and-comer in the industry. Meanwhile, Seyfried delivers a good performance.
The film feels a little aimless at times. This results in some dragging moments in the film. There a lot of scenes that feel extraneous and do not really add to the progression of the narrative. As a result of these certain moments, the film feels less engaging. Also, Amanda Seyfried feels a bit underused with Adam Driver’s character having a larger impact on the older couple compared to Seyfried’s character.
Overall, While We’re Young is an engaging and entertaining comedy-drama with great performances. The film is written extremely well by Noah Baumbach. Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts are at the top of their game here. The comedic moments are all strong, and guarantee a fun time at the theater. The story will definitely appeal to older moviegoing audiences. If you are a fan of Baumbach, or a fan of the cast involved, then While We’re Young is definitely a film worth checking out.