Noah Baumbach, at least briefly, has reminded us that Ben Stiller was once a decent comedic actor who we didn’t all despise with heat of a pre-lawsuit cup of McDonald’s coffee. Granted, just last year, Stiller made the best movie he’s made in five years (Tropic Thunder), but it’s going to take a lot more than a great Robert Downey, Jr. performance to make us forget all the Night at the Museum and Meet My Fuck Buddy movies (let’s not even mention Along Came Polly or The Heartbreak Kid).
Anyway, Stiller looks fantastic in this trailer for Baumbach’s Greenburg, though it’s hard not to want to jump through the screen and cut his fucking hair. It’s something of a mid-life crisis slacker indie, about a guy who moves from NYC to L.A. to figure out his life while he’s house-sitting for his brother. Rhys Ifans and mumblecore hero Mark Duplass also star, along with the mesmerizing Greta Gerwig, who has some potential to be a break-out star here (she’s pretty!).
Just watch the trailer — hipster douchebags will love it, then hate it because Ben Stiller is in it, but then remember how great “The Ben Stiller Show” and Reality Bites were, and then forgive themselves. And then listen to The Decemberists and forget all about it.
I’m gonna go wear a hairshirt now.