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The Meyerowitz Stories

This Netflix original has an awesome cast with Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Elizabeth Marvel and, briefly, Candice Bergen and Adam Driver. Ben Stiller’s performance was notable.

Harold, played by Dustin Hoffman, has just retired as an art professor and is continuing his work as a sculptor. There are signs that a number of lessons, all being learned the hard way, are in progress, although not by Harold. On his fourth marriage, its clear that Harold let his career dominate his time and attention at the expense of family relationships. The effects are seen in his adult children; his two sons (played by Stiller and his Sandler) and his daughter (played by Marvel). Harold is about all ego and he’s focused on his standing as an artist, particularly relative to a colleague. He’s beginning to realize that his art was underappreciated – for a reason. He compensates by inflating things, both past and present.

The Meyerowitz Stories was one of those movies that I found hard to watch, but it made you think a day or two later. It’s a tale of the chaotic family dynamics of a collection of self-absorbed people, who learn that in the final analysis, all we really have is family.

This movie has a great cast, strong performances and powerful lessons (along with dialogue that I found annoying).

In the spirit of full disclosure, our 16 year-old son, who is a far savvier movie aficionado, points out that Rotten Tomatoes rates it much higher at 91% positive.

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