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By Maddie Shepherd

Through the perspective of teen brothers Walt (a young Jesse Eisenberg) and Frank (Owen Kline), The Squid and the Whale details the combative transition their family undergoes as their Brooklyn intellectual parents, played by Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney, decidedly split ways. Writer/director Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story, Frances Ha) delivers the story of childhood trauma in a matter-of-fact, humorous way that mirrors the way that kids can never quite fully understand adult foibles. Frank and Walt suffer continuous hits—screaming fights, infidelity, a generally insufferable dad—throughout, and they process them in cringey, hilarious ways. Watch this movie if you want to see Jesse Eisenberg perform Pink Floyd’s “Hey You” for his talent show after introducing it is as “a song (he) wrote.” Don’t watch this movie if you’re squeamish about bodily fluids.

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