Starring: Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Alan Alda, Ray Liotta, Laura Dern, Merritt Wever, Azhy Robertson
Comedy drama written and directed by Noah Baumbach. The story follows a stage director, Charlie (Adam Driver), and his actor wife, Nicole (Scarlett Johansson), as they struggle through a grueling, coast-to-coast divorce that pushes them to their personal and creative extremes.
Charlie: What I love about Nicole. She’s a great dancer, infectious. She is a mother who plays, really plays. She gives great presents. She’s competitive. She knows when to push me, and when to leave me alone. It’s not easy for her to close a cabinet. She’s brave.
Nicole: What I love about Charlie. He loves being a dad. He loves all the things you’re supposed to hate, like waking up at night. It’s almost annoying how much he likes it. He cries easily in movies. He’s very competitive. He’s very clear about what he wants. He’s a great dresser. He never looks embarrassing, which is hard for a man. He takes all of my moods steadily. He doesn’t make me feel bad about them. He rarely gets defeated, which I feel like I always do. He never lets other people keep him from what he wants to do. He’s incredibly neat. He’s brilliant.
[after watching a movie]
Henry: I cried four times.
Charlie: Me too.
Nicole: I thought we should talk.
[neither of them say anything]
Charlie: I don’t know how to start.
[referring to the divorce papers]
Nicole: So I’ll tell Charlie what’s happening, and, Cassie, you then hand him the envelope.
Cassie: I just get nervous.
Sandra: Well, can you unserve?
Nicole: What do you mean? Like take it back?
Nicole: [to Sandra] Charlie and I are getting a divorce, mom. You can’t be friends with him anymore!
[as Sandra is playfully hugging Charlie]
Nicole: Ma! Mom! Mom?
Charlie: Did you dye your hair again?
Nicole: No, this is me. You don’t like it?
Charlie: Is it shorter? I prefer a longer look.
Bert Spitz: You know, most people in my business, you’re just transactions to them. I like to think of you as people.
Charlie: Oh, okay. Good.
Bert Spitz: [to Charlie] You remind me of myself on my second marriage.
Bert Spitz: [to Charlie] Eventually, it’ll be the two of you having to figure this out.
Nora Fanshaw: How are you doing?
[Nicole begins to cry]
Nora Fanshaw: [to Nicole] What we’re going to do together is tell your story.
[referring to Charlie]
Nicole: I realized, I never really come alive by myself. I was just feeding his aliveness.
[referring to Henry]
Charlie: I’ll never get to really be his parent again. He needs to know that I fought for him!
Jay: [to Charlie] If we start from a place of reasonable, and they start from a place of crazy, when we settle, we’ll be somewhere between reasonable and crazy.
Nicole: It’s not as simple as not being in love anymore.
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