A24 Films has grabbed domestic rights to Noah Baumbach’s TIFF comedy “While We’re Young,” his “Frances Ha” followup starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as married, middle-aged filmmakers who befriend a twenty-something hipster couple. (Deadline first reported the news.)
Critics have been very warm to the film — which could have Best Original Screenplay potential — since it premiered over the weekend in Toronto. Eric Kohn of Indiewire writes that “While We’re Young” is a “perceptive ode to getting old.” Variety calls the “under-your-skin comedy” “bright and ebulliently dynamic,” writing that Baumbach channels “Hal Ashby/Mike Nichols/Paul Mazursky …more in spirit than in style.” The Playlist says the film “laces rich thematic elements with wonderfully drawn characters to create a picture that’s as genuinely hilarious as it is thoughtful…”
Baumbach’s most commercially minded film to date since he took off in 1995 with “Kicking and Screaming,” “While We’re Young” costars Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried. Baumbach’s blisteringly brilliant “Squid and the Whale” screenplay was Oscar-nommed in 2006.
A24 also has “Tusk” and “Laggies” in Toronto, as well as awards-maybe “A Most Violent Year” coming down the pike later this year.