Joint custody blows.
In his third feature, director Noah Baumbach scores a triumph with an autobiographical coming-of-age story about a teenager whose writer-parents are divorcing. The father (Jeff Daniels) and mother (Laura Linney) duke it out in half-civilized, half-savage fashion, while their two sons adapt in different ways, shifting allegiances between parents. The film is squirmy-funny and nakedly honest about the rationalisations and compensatory snobbisms of artistic failure as well as the conflicted desires of adolescents for sex and status.
Anna Paquin, Halley Feiffer, Jeff Daniels, Jesse Eisenberg, Laura Linney, Owen Kline