Oscar-nominated writer/director Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale, Margot at the Wedding) may not be a household name among casual moviegoers, but his films have continued to garner critical praise. Last year’s Frances Ha, for instance, earned near-universal acclaim – currently holding a 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes – despite earning barely over $4 million at the domestic box office.
Quality, it seems, is not Baumbach’s problem; exposure is. With a star-studded cast at its center, his latest film While We’re Young – which was screened at the New York Film Festival back in September – stars Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried and Adam Driver; and it could become one of the filmmaker’s biggest hits to date.
Now A24 has released the first trailer for the film (see above), which follows a middle-aged couple (Stiller and Watts) whose views on life are challenged when they meet a pair of twenty-something free spirits (Seyfried and Driver). The footage strikes a nice balance between light-hearted moments and more serious content, and it looks to make thorough use of the narrative potential that occurs when two such different couples cross paths.
At first glance, While We’re Young appears to be another reflective coming-of-age comedy in the vein of Judd Apatow’s This Is 40. However, while that earlier film was more tonally constrained by its parent film Knocked Up, Baumbach’s tale will almost certainly embrace an even more realistic take on the same theme. Stiller and Baumbach collaborated once before with Greenberg in 2010 (read our review), and While We’re Young could conceivably build on that partnership in interesting ways.
This film marks the latest high-profile movie role for Driver, who also appeared in Shawn Levy’s dramedy This Is Where I Leave You this fall. The actor – who reportedly replaced James Franco in While We’re Young – is the only one of the film’s four leads who isn’t already a bonafide movie star in his or her own right.
Of course, that is all likely to change with Driver’s role in a little film called Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Baumbach’s film could serve as another stepping stone to bigger things for the young star (who’s still best known for his work on TV’s Girls).
Are you interested to see what Stiller and company are up to in While We’re Young, Screen Ranters? Or are you already a fan of Baumbach’s work? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
While We’re Young hits theaters on March 27, 2015.