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We like Florence: she's considerate, sweet, pretty, and terrific with kids and dogs. She's twenty-five, personal assistant to an L.A. family that's off on vacation. Her boss's brother comes in from New York City, fresh from a stay at an asylum, to take care of the house. He's Roger, a forty-year-old carpenter, gone from L.A. for fifteen years. He arrives, doesn't drive, and needs Florence's help, especially with the family's dog. He's also connecting with former band-mates - two men and one woman with whom he has a history. He over-analyzes, has a short fuse, and doesn't laugh at himself easily. As he navigates past and present, he's his own saboteur. And what of Florence? is Roger one more responsibility for her or something else?Written by
The clothes worn by Greenberg, Florence and Ivan in some scenes include sweaters and jackets that would normally be too warm for Los Angeles, especially when some other characters are wearing swimming gear. See more »
Well done, but too mean spirited, and Ben Stiller is awfully hard to take.
We like Florence: she's considerate, sweet, pretty, and terrific with kids and dogs. She's 26, personal assistant to an L.A. family who's off on vacation. Her boss's brother comes in from New York City, fresh out of an asylum, to stay at the house. He's Roger, a carpenter, 40, gone from L.A. for 15 years. He arrives, doesn't drive, and needs Florence's help, especially with the family dog. He's also connecting with ex-mates - two men and one woman with whom he has a history. He over-analyzes, has a short fuse, and doesn't laugh at himself easily. As he navigates past and present, he's his own saboteur. And what of Florence, is Roger one more responsibility for her or something else?
I have many a mixed thoughts on this project from Stiller. It never bored me; I was always intrigued, and didn't really regret anything. What I didn't get off of is the way Stiller treated his friends and other people. I know this was the point, but it really rubbed me the wrong way. Its style is offbeat and it works well, but its mean style just didn't come to my liking. Ben Stiller is very convincing in his role, but his character was a little too harsh, I understand that was the point, but he really rubbed me the wrong way with how he treated everyone. There's a fine line between being a kid, and growing up, he's bordering that fine line.
Bottom line. It's a decent attempt by Stiller to do something different. It has it's flaws, but for the most part the attempt is admirable. Worth a look
6 ½ 10
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