I've seen a lot of movies in my life; some good, some bad, some with so much possibilities but Noah Baumbach's "Greenberg" was none of these. Baumbach has finally made a truly despicable film with nothing redeeming about it what-so-ever. No important lessons, not even marginally important lessons, or even mistakes or anything can be taken from this movie. It's hard being the brother of a rich person, living in LA, and having friends that don't get you, that's about all I got. The fact that no one punched Ben Stiller in the face except once in this whole movie was a shame.
Baumbach's "The Squid and the Whale" was a great film about the disconnection between parents and kids during divorce. His script writing of "The Life Aquatic" and "The Fantastic Mr. Fox" are great contributions to film libraries everywhere. People going to see "Greenberg" because of these facts are being duped and it should serve as an insult to all his previous work.
Words cannot begin to express how self indulgent and psychologically inconsistent the characters and the plot of this flick is. Rotten Tomato's tomato meter is definitely broken for not rating this movie lower. It is marketed based on Ben Stiller's acting performance and Baumbach's previous work but the fact that it has been released so early in the year means that there's clearly no merit to it, otherwise, it would be released closer to the fall Oscar rush. Greenberg is an utterly unlikeable character, his girlfriend played by Greta Gerwig is an LA hipster with serious sexual issues, and the dog has AIDS. If any of that sounds interesting for ninety minutes of your life, go see it.