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The Squid and the Whale
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The Squid and the Whale 2005

Bernard Berkman, the patriarch of an eccentric Brooklyn family, claims to have been a famous novelist but is now reduced to teaching. His wife Joan discovers a literary talent of her own, and it breaks up the family, leaving the two teenage sons, Walt, 16, and Frank, 12, divided between their parents. The wife starts an affair with her younger son's tennis coach, while the husband starts sleeping with a student whom his elder son is courting. (read more)

Release Date:October 5th, 2005
Running Time:1 minutes
Directed By:
Noah BaumbachNoah Baumbach
Written By:
Noah BaumbachNoah Baumbach
Jeff DanielsJeff Daniels
Laura LinneyLaura Linney
Jesse EisenbergJesse Eisenberg
William BaldwinWilliam Baldwin
Anna PaquinAnna Paquin
No image existsHalley Feiffer
No image existsAlexandra Daddario
No image existsAdam Rose
No image existsOwen Kline
No image existsEli Gelb
No image existsHenry Glovinsky
No image existsAdam Rose
No image existsBenjamin Smolen

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The Squid and the Whale Movie Review by Luis Pedron (7/8/2007)

Noah Baumbach's semi biographical rendition of his parent's divorce has been painfully and comically painted onscreen with the help of his beautiful angst filled talented cinema family of Laura Linney (Joan Berkman), Jeff Daniels (Bernard Berkman), Jesse Eisenberg (Walt Berkman), Owen Kline (Frank Berkman).


(complete The Squid and the Whale review by Luis Pedron)

The Squid and the Whale Movie Review by Jessica Film Junkie (3/5/2007)

The new film from Noah Baumbach, a very talented writer and director who first caught by attention with 'Kicking and Screaming' (1995), a hard to find indy about post-college graduation haze, is finally back after a Wes Anderson-fueled rebirth ('The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou'). This film takes a favorite character of...

(complete The Squid and the Whale review by Jessica Film Junkie)

The Squid and the Whale Movie Review by Movie Addict (3/2/2007)

This was an enjoyable drama that clearly shows the pain of jealousy and
the resulting separation and what is does to the children. A film that
could have been just a collection of clichés was well written by Noah

First, I have to say that Laura Linney was magnificent. I loved her in
Breach, Love Actually,...

(complete The Squid and the Whale review by Movie Addict)

The Squid and the Whale Movie Review by Tony (3/31/2006)

Don't let it's bizarre title fool you, "The Squid and The Whale" is one of the best films of the past year. My only regret is not seeing it sooner, as it for sure would have made my top 10 of the year 2005. After sitting through so many bad Indy films the past year which involve sex, drugs, over-medicated teens, stupid...

(complete The Squid and the Whale review by Tony)

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