Magazine April 19, 2010, Issue

Run for Your Life

Ben Stiller as Roger Greenberg (Focus Features)
A review of Greenberg

There are two stories intertwined in Greenberg, Noah Baumbach’s painful, grimly comic portrait of bourgeois dysfunction in Los Angeles. One involves a 40-year-old failure, angry, acerbic, and self-sabotaging, who lurches back into his friends’ lives after a stint in a mental institution and staggers from one debacle to another. The other one made me depressed.

The failure in question is the title character, Roger Greenberg, played by Ben Stiller as a dark variation on the wound-too-tight types we’re used to encountering in his comedies. Greenberg isn’t having a midlife crisis, exactly, because that would require him to have a life to

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