14. The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
Release Year: 2017
A brilliant look at a family with history and how that history comes back on them even years later, The Meyerowitz Stories is a Noah Baumbach film with a lot to say.
But it also comes through the performances, including a surprising and deep lead role from Adam Sandler, and equally as impressive work from Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman and Elizabeth Marvel. Each of the four brings a genuine quality of familial history and complications between them. The film comments on privilege and what’s considered failure versus starting over.
Each character’s struggle, and their way of avoiding dealing with their struggles and their problems, becomes a fascinating window into who they are, as they look to put on a good face for the family to either act like everything is all right or to keep themselves with a level of esteem so that their issues can’t be used against them at a later time. It shows the Meyerowitz family with all of their flaws and eccentricities, using them to tell a deeply human and relatable story.
Plus, the movie is incredibly funny.
Combined with Baumbach’s direction and great writing, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) makes for one of Netflix’s best originals, and well worth checking in on this fall.