Over the course of one year, a group of friends gathers for three parties (a birthday dinner party, a Halloween costume party, and a New Year’s celebration) at the Brooklyn apartment of a young married couple.
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Baumbach has often cited Lubitsch and other masters of screwball comedy as big influences in his work. He briefly considered incorporating elements of the genre in "Kicking & Screaming" but fortunately abandoned the idea. Here, he goes full on screwball comedy, achieving mixed results. Baumbach's strength really lies on the mixture of satire with the painstaking sadness of delusion and nostalgia.
We have a Seinfeld situation here, but to sit through the entire movie is a challenging love letter to Baumbach's wit. If only he'd had more than 6 days to shoot it.... It was like spying on someone's (visually embarrasing) dirty little secret, sometimes lol. I will probably only keep young Ernie Fusco with a Hitler mustache in my heart.