Hipster may be a commonly used term these days, but Noah Baumbach’s new film While We’re Young explores the trendy subculture in an entirely different light. Watch the full trailer below:
Noah Baumbach pays homage to his Brooklyn roots in this quirky, smart new film While We’re Young. After praise at the Toronto International Film Festival, the official trailer dropped for the public and features a middle-aged Ben Stiller exploring what it means to grow up. Among the complexities explored in the trailer, Stiller forms an adorable man crush on Adam Driver’s character, a young hipster living in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn.
The film follows an older couple played by Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts under the pressure to start a family when they meet an inspiring younger couple, played by Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried, living the happy hipster life in Bushwick. Stiller’s character immediately becomes entranced by Driver, and begins to participate in the youth culture. From wearing fedoras to strapping on some rollerblades, Stiller’s mid-life crisis takes him on some crazy adventures, all inspired by his newly blossomed friendship with Driver.
It’s no wonder Ben Stiller crushes so hard on Adam Driver. Driver exhibits confidence, intelligence, and that awkward but adorable smile. Driver is no stranger to playing an intelligent and confident 20-something. In his breakout role on Lena Dunham’s Girls, Driver plays a straight-shooting love interest who can seem a bit odd and moody sometimes, but doesn’t care about what others think of him, and always stays true to himself, making him one of the most liked characters on the show. Sound familiar? It looks like Driver’s character in While We’re Young is pretty darn similar to his character in Girls. Just switch out Lena Dunham for Ben Stiller, and we have an almost-match (minus the awkwardly uncomfortable sex scenes). Driver has a way of shining sincerity through his roles that make him a likable character, even when you want to hate him. The young actor has been gaining some serious attention lately for his acting chops since Girls and has quickly built an impressive film career including scoring a role in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
And Ben Stiller is definitely no stranger to the mid-life crisis. For his last role as Walter Mitty, in his self-directed movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Stiller played an avid daydreamer who one day decides to explore the real world, and finds adventure that he never could have imagined himself. The character is a bit awkward, and lives in his head, but exudes creativity. His mid-life crisis takes him into a world he never knew, but had an idea of. It’s a very similar situation to Stiller’s character in While We’re Young, except that in this mid-life crisis, he finds his adventure through another. Stiller’s relationship with Driver fuels Stiller’s need for a change of scene, but in a way that the older couple had known long ago, when they were young. Stiller’s character crushes on Driver’s because it is a younger version of himself, or a younger version of what he wished to be.
There’s no telling where this relationship will take Driver and Stiller. We’ll find out when While We’re Young is released by A24 Films on March 27, 2015.