The only reason why I finally decided to watch While We’re Young is because one of my absolute favorite TV personalities, Million Dollar Listing NY’s Ryan Serhant, is starring in it. I also enjoy Ben Stiller’s movie in general, so I thought “why not?”.
While We’re Young is about the documentary filmmaker Josh who is 44 and married to Cornelia, 43, who is also the daughter of an accomplished filmmaker. They’ve had several miscarriages in the past, which has affected their relationship, which has been cooling down. Also, Josh’s career is not exactly at its best. One day they meet the young couple Jamie and Darby who they start to hang out with a lot after being awestruck by their very non-conservative outlook on life.
Jamie, who is an aspiring documentary filmmaker himself, decides to make a movie about old friends he finds on Facebook, and he meets up with a friend called Kent who had allegedly tried to kill himself after being involved in a massacre during an Army tour in Afghanistan. This creates an even bigger story for Jamie’s film. However, after some time, Josh finds out that everything was staged and that Jamie did not even know Kent, who was originally only Darby’s friend.
Although the trailer suggests otherwise, this movie is absolutely not funny. I must admit that I liked the role reversal where the older couple is on social media, while the young ones are hipsters who do not use that kind of technology. Writing this, I’m not even sure what I think about While We’re Young. I found it enjoyable because of the aforementioned role reversal and the midlife crisis thing going on, but I’m also confused about what the director went for wit this movie because the message wasn’t really clear. It has a great start and the movie itself has great ideas, but it ended up boring me to death because it was so cluttered.
If anyone else has seen this While We’re Young, I would really like to hear your opinion. Maybe it’s me, maybe I’m just being too critical.