Laugh Gala in association with Empire

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

Master of the urban comedy drama, Noah Baumbach presents a study of a dysfunctional family par excellence, ruled over by Dustin Hoffman’s shambolic patriarch.

Watch the trailer

Dir-Scr Noah Baumbach
Prod Scott Rudin, Noah Baumbach, Lila Yacoub, Eli Bush
With Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Elizabeth Marvel, Grace Van Patten, Emma Thompson
UK Distribution Netflix

Dustin Hoffman plays an irascible septuagenarian patriarch in Noah Baumbach’s stingingly funny comedy about a screwed-up New York family. To suggest that sculptor Harold Meyerowitz (Hoffman) is a model father would be pushing it. His adult children, like his artistic career, have not exactly met his expectations, but he has succeeded in selling them a rather delusional version of his own achievements. His eldest son Danny (Adam Sandler) is schlumping through life, still noodling original compositions on the family piano while his daughter Jean (Elizabeth Marvel) seems to have made a singular profession of receding into the background. Only Matthew (Ben Stiller), a high-octane West Coast money-man has acquired the trappings of success, but not the kind favoured by Harold and his booze-addled bohemian fourth wife Maureen (Emma Thompson). It’s dysfunction as usual until a swift blow to the head puts Harold in hospital and everyone has to take stock. The stellar cast are uniformly excellent, clearly relishing the rippling dialogue and vivid character studies. Through the madcap antics of this neurotic, failure-obsessed clan, Baumbach (Greenberg, The Squid and the Whale, When We Were Young) slyly surfaces bigger questions about how to value family and the meaning of success.

Clare Stewart

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Noah Baumbach, Director; Dustin Hoffman, Cast; Adam Sandler, Cast; Emma Thompson, Cast

See the full list of visiting festival guests. Please note that we can't guarantee guest attendance at any particular screening.