The Squid and the Whale Movie Review 2005

Information and Film Reviews for The Squid and the Whale the Movie

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Writer-director Baumbach's semiautobiographical tale of two adolescent brothers struggling to cope with their self-centered parents' divorce. Set in Brooklyn in 1986, Walt (Eisenberg) and Frank (Kline) are the progeny of pompous writer Bernard (Daniels), whose career is faltering, and unfaithful writer Joan (Linney), whose career is on the rise. The title refers to a popular exhibit at the Natural History Museum and its significance gradually becomes clear. Expert acting by all concerned; newcomer Kline is the son of actors Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates.


Sony Pictures Home Video, Sony Pictures Plz., 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, Phone: (310)244-7306, Fax: (310)280-2485, URL:, Remarks: Formerly Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment

Available on DVD
Running time 88 minutes.
Originally from United States.

Cast and Crew

Comedy Drama, Divorce, New York, New York, Period Piece: 1980s, Coming of Age, Writers, Tennis
Noah Baumbach
Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Jesse Eisenberg, Owen Kline, Anna Paquin, William Baldwin, Halley Feiffer, David Benger
Robert Yeoman
Noah Baumbach
Britta Phillips, Dean Wareham
Allan Byer, Tim Streeto, Amy Westcott, Anne Ross
Wes Anderson, Peter Newman, Clara Markowicz, American Empirical Pictures, Peter Newman-Interal


L.A. Film Critics 2005: Screenplay; Natl. Bd. of Review 2005: Screenplay; N.Y. Film Critics 2005: Screenplay; Natl. Soc. Film Critics 2005: Screenplay.

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