84. Greenberg (2010) [Rated R for some strong sexuality, drug use, and language.]

summary from

A New Yorker moves to Los Angeles in order to figure out his life while he housesits for his brother, and he soon sparks with his brother’s assistant.

directed by: Noah Baumbach

starring: Ben Stiller, Greta Gerwig, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rhys Ifans, Merritt Wever, Mark Duplass

A Trailer

Conservo-Libertarian Reviews:
John P. Hanlon at Big Hollywood
Kyle Smith
Kurt Loder
James Bowman at the American Spectator
Parcbench Christian reviews

Abortion/Life Content: [have to wait until dvd released]


from Stephen Farber’s article at The Daily Beast:

Noah Baumbach’s Greenberg, starring Ben Stiller as a 40-year-old malcontent, has received many enthusiastic reviews praising its acute characterizations and evocative rendition of Southern California anomie. But almost no one has called attention to one of the most startling things about the movie: its matter-of-fact, nonjudgmental depiction of abortion. (You should stop reading here if you do not want parts of Greenberg to be spoiled.) In the film, Greta Gerwig plays a twentysomething personal assistant who begins a desultory romance with Stiller’s Greenberg. When she learns that she is pregnant as a result of a relationship that ended more than a month earlier, she decides to go to the hospital for an abortion, and she returns home without experiencing much pain or guilt.

Greenberg hasn’t yet provoked much controversy—partly because the abortion is downplayed in the movie. Gerwig’s Florence tells Greenberg that she is going to the hospital for “a D and C” (the word “abortion” is never used), but it’s perfectly clear that she is terminating the pregnancy. In addition, the film hasn’t stirred an outcry because it’s so far showing only in major cities where critics may be more blasé (or more out-of-touch) than moviegoers in the heartland.

This entry was posted in All Movies. Bookmark the permalink.

1 Response to Greenberg

  1. Pingback: Welcome | Abortion in Film

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s