"Greenberg" is an unsettling but ultimately joyous little picture, a movie that's as self-conscious as anything Baumbach has ever made, and yet far more open: It reaches out to the world instead of insisting on hugging its own pain, tight. There are points in "Greenberg" where Roger treats Florence with inexcusable cruelty; he's cruel to her, in fact, right after he proffers that heartfelt mix-CD. But slowly, gradually, he's getting the hang of not hurting people. "Greenberg" is all about that halting, forward movement. Maybe there's no happy ending for Roger Greenberg, but there's no going back, either, and that counts as progress.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
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