Focus Features has released the first trailer for director Noah Baumbach’s upcoming film Greenberg, which stars Ben Stiller as a jobless guy who doesn’t really want to do anything with himself. The film also stars indie darling Greta Gerwig, who cut her teeth in such Duplass Brothers comedies as Baghead and Nights and Weekends, and appeared recently in Ti West’s The House of the Devil. She’s an incredibly talented actor (and writer/director) who has been ready for a role in something that really breaks. Here’s hoping (for her sake) that this is it.
The trailer itself poses an interesting enough story, and one that feels a cousin to Baumbach’s work in The Squid and the Whale and Margot at the Wedding. Although in fairness, it harkens back more to the theme of his first film, Kicking and Screaming, about men who refuse to move on with their lives after college. Ben Stiller’s character Roger Greenberg seems to be a similar kind of man, who experiences the lack of wanting to move on later in life. It seems interesting enough, and the cast is there – including supporting roles for Rhys Ifans, Mark Duplass and Jennifer Jason Leigh – so I’m interested. That, and through all of his oddity and melodrama, Baumbach is generally a good storyteller.
Greenberg hits theaters on March 12, 2010. The trailer and official synopsis can be found below, courtesy of Apple.com.
Greenberg (Ben Stiller) is at a crossroads in his life. Out of a job and none too interested in finding one, he agrees to housesit for his younger and more successful brother, thereby getting a free place to stay in Los Angeles. Once settled in, Greenberg sets out to reconnect with his old friend and former bandmate Ivan (Rhys Ifans). But times have changed, and old friends aren’t necessarily still best friends, so Greenberg finds himself spending more and more time instead with his brother’s personal assistant Florence (Greta Gerwig), an aspiring singer and herself something of a lost soul. As their relationship develops through a series of embarrassingly awkward romantic encounters, even someone as irascible as Greenberg might have at last found a reason to be happy.