Genre: Drama, Romance
               Los Angeles, mid-life crisis, Berlinale 2010

The worst sex in the world

  This is a popular figure and Roger Greenberg (Ben Stiller) is now not straight. The forty ex-musicians just come from a psychiatric hospital and includes the house of his brother Philip, to guard during the period of the leave of the dear relative’s house and the shepherd by the name Mahler. Otherwise, this misanthropic distributes the time to write letters of complaint to all sorts of nonsense companies and institutions and echauffieren over trivialities such as non-functioning buttons on airplanes and other nonsense too. In this Roger Trott could go on forever like this, who are not as Florence (Greta Gerwig) would be the personal assistant to his brother that cares for during the absence of her boss at his estate. In a very clumsy way, these two outsiders are gradually getting closer, especially since Roger can not drive (and America), so he has to take again the service from Florence to complete. When Mahler still ill, the two have more to do with each other as dear to them. And to make matters worse, needs to recognize Roger also said that his friends and relations have long since evolved from earlier, while he himself still on the body occurs and maintains a stance of refusing to make only so no mistakes …

With the exception of the two main actors Ben Stiller and Greta Gerwig, one can at Greenberg taken out two to three scenes and successful dialogues hardly find anything good. Where it already notice how much the script introduces themes and ideas (such as the beautiful idea of mixtapes, draws up the Roger of Florence), one that literally waiting for the appearance of these little highlights later. Whether out of negligence or a denial Greenberg’schen attitude that occasionally Herman Melville Bartleby, The Scrivener not ( “I prefer not to remember”) – the story never chooses the narrow path, but leads always new storylines one, without leading them to the end. What was with much good will could interpret as an element of surprise still is in the course of the film, however hard a test of patience, especially in the course of history Florence almost completely disappeared from sight, to be built again rather clumsy in the story. A little reminiscent of the whole thing had a scene between Roger and Florence, when the two try to indulge in their own way of passion: The effort is certainly present, but rather the result of devastating …

After quite remarkable Noah Baumbach The Squid and the Whale / The Squid and the Whale, this film is a rather botched work, the date marks the low point of this year’s competition at the Berlinale. This is particularly regrettable since Ben Stiller here finally allowed to play a more nuanced role away from the all too familiar slapstick comedies. Because of the more than meager script but this is unlikely to mark the transition into something more serious subject. Pity really …

(Joachim Kurz)

Title: Greenberg Country of production: USA Year of production: 2010 Length: 107 (Min) of material: (# ) Tobis Film Distribution

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