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The Squid and the Whale

Movie
2005
1h 21m
R
English
Comedy, Drama
User Score:
7.3
Critic Score:
87
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Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, The Squid and the Whale tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s.
The Squid and the Whale Poster

The Squid and the Whale

R
Movie
2005
1h 21m
English
Comedy, Drama
Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, The Squid and the Whale tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s.
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7.3
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The Squid and the Whale (2005) on IMDb
CRITIC SCORE
87

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Cast

Jeff Daniels
Bernard Berkman
Laura Linney
Joan Berkman
Jesse Eisenberg
Walt Berkman
Owen Kline
Frank Berkman
Elizabeth Meriwether
Graduate Student
Alexandra Daddario
Pretty Girl
Halley Feiffer
Sophie Greenberg
Molly Barton
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Bo Berkman
Graduate Student
Matthew Kaplan
Graduate Student
Simon Kaplan
Graduate Student
Matthew Kirsch
Graduate Student
Daniella Markowicz
Graduate Student
Ben Schrank
Graduate Student
Amy Srebnick
Graduate Student
Josh Srebnick
Graduate Student
Emma Straub
Graduate Student
Alan Wilkis
Graduate Student
James Hamilton
Man with Joan
Adam Rose
Otto
Eli Gelb
Jeffrey
Directed By: Noah Baumbach
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Featured Comments/Tips

Cb Uppercut says...
2 years ago
"This is a very down to earth small budget film but is very relatable a lot of this movie felt like my life growing up, but this film didn't always have you all the into story which can be a risk when a film feels sorta like a it's unfolding right in front of you sort of like a play or home videos. Which I think is a compliment to any film that can do that but you also what the audience to be into the story which was and also wasn't there. This film is short but due to it's very real feel it didn't really need a traditional story structure or a typical ending and could just roll the credits and you'd be fine with it."
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2111anixt says...
2 years ago
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"I'm all for deeper meaning shit, but feels like 'the squid and the whale' was a forced title"
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aldy says...
6 years ago
"The Squid and the Whale had some pretty nice dialogue and explored some interesting issues but holy crap is the shaky camera-work distracting. The natural lighting was nice and the shakiness was probably meant to compliment that to help create a natural, almost-"home video" sort of feel to it, as if you're just observing what's happening in the background, but in the end it just seems really cheap and tacky. It's alright in the still scenes but whenever anybody's moving or the camera tilts or pans, it just becomes really difficult not to get distracted by it. Or maybe I'm giving it too much credit and it just had a crappy budget so they hired cameramen that don't know how to keep their hands or shoulders still. The children are interesting. Eisenberg's character's very impressionable and it reminds me a lot of me when I was younger and I'd just be a sponge for other people's ideas, talking about things I knew nothing about and managing to somehow sound knowledgeable in the process. The stuff that comes out of the younger kid's mouth is hilarious. Overall, pretty good."
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CatyAlexandre says...
7 years ago
"The Squid and the Whale is based on Noah Baumbach's childhood experiences which tells the story of two boys dealing with the divorce of their parents. Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney had strong performances. Jesse Eisenberg still have not truly surprised me until now but in this film I think he has a pretty effective performance. Owen Kline did a great job as his young brother too. What this film tries to show is that divorce is tough, mostly when theres children involved. It's very realistic and sensitive."
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Wuchak
2 years ago
***Gripping realistic account of divorce and its consequences; it’s also occasionally comical***

“The Squid and the Whale” (2005) is a frank, quirky and amusing drama about a family from Brooklyn in 1986 that encounters divorce and the ramifications thereof. The father (Jeff Daniels) is More
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