I went to see “Greenberg” Tuesday, April 13, 2010.
From the previews it looked like a film about a down-on-his-luck guy. I wanted to see what steps he took to get out of his funk. I hoped that there might be something in his experience that I could apply to my own.
Maybe you aren’t supposed to go to movies hoping to learn something. Maybe you are supposed to go to movies to be entertained and see a story unfold. Maybe.
What I expected and what I got were very different.
Roger Greenberg isn’t your typical loser. Roger suffers from severe guilt over a decision he made in college that messed up at least three lives. Roger recently got out of a mental institution after suffering a breakdown to the extent that his feet stopped working temporarily. Roger has OCD issues, is a germaphobe, and an inability to filter his words.
In short, I could not identify with Roger.
I kept hoping that the film would show Roger’s development. I understood there isn’t enough time to see him be rehabilitated, but I was hoping for some kind of resolution.
As far as I could see, there was none.
I don’t know why this film was recorded or distributed. However, Ben Stiller plays a very good out of control Roger.
I rate this film a 2 out of 10. Maybe if I had come in with different expectations I could have enjoyed this film more. The same might be true for you.