The Squid and the Whale (2005)
IMDb Rating 7.8
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Jeff Daniels Bernard Berkman
Laura Linney Joan Berkman
Jesse Eisenberg Walt Berkman
Owen Kline Frank Berkman
Halley Feiffer Sophie
Anna Paquin Lili
William Baldwin Ivan
David Benger Carl
Molly Barton Graduate Student
Bo Berkman Graduate Student
Matthew Kaplan Graduate Student
The Squid and the Whale follows the divorce of Joan (Laura Linney, You Can Count on Me) and Bernard Berkman (Jeff Daniels, The Purple Rose of Cairo) as it wreaks havoc on the emotional lives of their two sons, Walt (Jesse Eisenberg, Roger Dodger) and Frank (Owen Kline, The Anniversary Party). Though there's no plot in the usual sense, the movie progresses with growing emotional force from the separation into the bitter fighting between Joan and Bernard and the hapless, floundering behavior of Walt and Frank, who act out through plagiarism, sexual acts, and drinking. Some viewers may find the ending too diffuse; others will appreciate that writer/director Noah Baumbach (Mr. Jealousy) doesn't wrap up the messiness of life in a false cinematic package. Either way, viewers will appreciate how the specificity of the personalities makes The Squid and the Whale so compelling, as Baumbach has drawn the characters with such detail, both engaging and off-putting, that they leap off the screen. Naturally, he's greatly helped by the cast: Linney, Eisenberg, Kline, and especially Daniels bite into these often unsympathetic portraits and give fearlessly honest performances, interlocked in both painful and funny ways--rarely have family dynamics been captured so vividly. If there was an ensemble Oscar, this cast would deserve it. --Bret Fetzer
Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Drama
Director Noah Baumbach
Producer Wes Anderson; Charlie Corwin; Peter Newman
Writer Noah Baumbach
Studio Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Country USA
Language English
Audience Rating R
Running Time 81 mins
Movie Release Date 9/26/2005
Color Color
Personal Details
Format DVD
Seen It Yes
Index 595
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 3/30/2006
Product Details
Edition Special Edition
Region Region
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 043396134942
Release Date 3/21/2006
Subtitles English; French; Korean; Portuguese
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
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