"Youth is wasted on the young."Funnyman Ben Stiller takes a dramatic turn as a forty-something New Yorker who makes the decision to quit trying to be something and simply do nothing for the rest of his life in Greenberg. After a stint in a mental institution, Roger Greenberg heads to his brother's house in Los Angeles to housesit and falls--albeit in his own strange way--in love with his brother's assistant Florence (played by Greta Gerwig) and the possibility of a new beginning.
--"I'd go further. I'd go: 'Life is wasted on people.'"
Somber, self-diagnosed OCD sufferer, and heavily dramatic about everything, Greenberg is a total killjoy. He's not happy and doesn't understand how anyone can be. That said, he tries to impart his self-inflicted depression onto everyone else, including his best friend from college (played by Rhys Ifans) who is also trying to make a new beginning for himself, and Florence who, despite Greenberg's valiant effort to push her away, is oddly intrigued by his "vulnerability."
Greenberg is self-indulgent, boring and very cynical (and not in a good way). The anticlimactic ending doesn't sum up the movie but rather leaves you further frustrated at Greenberg for being a miserable, unlikeable person for no apparent reason.
Reel Talk rating: C-