Noah Baumbach’s last film, Frances Ha, concerned itself with the romantic and professional frustrations of a young woman in her 20s. For his next film, While We’re Young, he skips ahead a couple of decades to explore the lives of a couple in their 40s grappling with their fading — or really, already faded — youth.
Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts play Josh and Cornelia, a husband and wife struggling to accept their adulthood. Their lives are upended by a new friendship with a couple of twenty-somethings, played by Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried, whose “apartment is full of everything we once threw out.” Playing on the themes of Henrik Ibsen’s 1892 play The Master Builder, the film explores the way in which the latter couple’s youthful energy challenges their older companions. Josh takes up rollerblading and Cornelia attempts hip hop dance, but youthful pursuits, of course, can’t take years off one’s age.
While We’re Young features some decidedly still-cool quadragenarians, with former Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz in a supporting role and LCD Soundsystems’s James Murphy composing the sondtrack. The film hits theaters on March 27.