In celebrated writer-director Nicole Holofcener’s latest comedy, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss stars a divorcee who gets caught in a tricky situation when she discovers her new love interest is the hated ex-husband of her enviable new BFF. James Gandolfini and Catherine Keener co-star.
Holofcener has a special skill for crafting onscreen relationships that feel real, relatable and lived-in, which makes for profound and hilarious movies. For more funny features that walk the line between the highs and lows of personal relationships with a dose of comedy and drama, check out these tales of friends, family, and lovers.
Walking and Talking (1996) Dig into classic Holofcener with her breakthrough directorial debut. Catherine Keener and Anne Heche play childhood friends who are growing apart as their lives take different paths. While one prepares for her fast-approaching wedding, the other flails to find a potential boyfriend who doesn’t infuriate or embarrass her. Can friendship last through love in the ‘90s? Liev Schreiber and Kevin Corrigan co-star.
The Kids Are All Right (2010) This four-time Academy Award-nominated dramedy from Lisa Cholodenko centers on how one family’s dynamic shifts after an unexpected addition, not a baby but a bio-dad. Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson play siblings who decide that though they love their moms (Annette Bening and Julianne Moore) it’s time to meet the sperm donor (Mark Ruffalo) who makes up half of their DNA. But none of the above are prepared for what a shakeup this will be to family harmony. Cholodenko directs.
Our Idiot Brother (2011) Paul Rudd stars as Ned, the titular dopey brother at the center of this charming comedy that is positively stuffed with stars. After Ned gets busted for selling marijuana to a cop in uniform, his three sisters are forced to help him get back on track. But while he’s endlessly kind and thoroughly guileless, he proves a total wrecking ball to each of their lives for better or for worse. Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Steve Coogan, Hugh Dancy, Emily Mortimer, Kathryn Hahn, Rashida Jones, T.J. Miller, and Adam Scott co-star; Jesse Peretz directs.