Protagonist, Story and Worldview Adrift
Starring: Ben Stiller, Rhys Ifans, Greta
Gerwig, and Jennifer Jason
Runtime: 107 minutes
Distributor: Focus Features
Director: Noah Baumbach
Executive Producer: Lila Yacoub
Producer: Scott Rudin and Jennifer Jason
Writer: Noah Baumbach
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In L.A., Roger tries to reconnect with former bandmate Ivan. Meanwhile, he starts an on-again, off-again affair with his brother’s personal assistant, Florence, a young aspiring singer. They grow closer when the brother’s family dog gets ill. The age difference between them keeps driving Roger away, however, as does his desire to get back together with an old girlfriend, who’s recently divorced. The only problem is, the old girlfriend wants nothing to do with Roger, but Florence truly enjoys his company.
The characters and dialogue in GREENBERG are well written, but the plot’s cohesion and structure drifts in and out of focus. Thus, movie seems to lack narrative drive.
Also, Florence herself is a character who’s at a crossroads. Before she meets Roger, she has a one-night stand with one young man. Then, Florence learns that she’s been pregnant because of her affair with her most recent long-time boyfriend. This turn of events leads to an abortion, an event that is handled in a favorable manner, though not in a strident way.
What is most interesting in the movie’s abortion scenes, however, is how much radical, pro-abortion feminism has perverted and emasculated the male species in America, not just females. Roger and his friend Ivan treat Florence’s decision to get an abortion in a matter-of-fact, nonchalant, meek manner that shows the subservient, obsequious quality of today’s masculinity. Of course, as others have noted, this has been the purpose all along among the Neo-Marxists and radical feminists, both the female leaders and the male leaders, who took over the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Needless to say, this “Sexual Revolution” has also been a disaster for women as well as men, including women and men in “minority” communities in the inner city. And, it has been a disaster for God’s Church and God’s people.
Overall, therefore, despite a few insights about modern life, human nature and personal ambition, the pagan, feminist, pro-abortion worldview in GREENBERG, mixed with the movie’s strong foul language, sexual content and nudity, leads to an abhorrent result. GREENBERG is not a strident leftist movie. It has other things besides politics on its mind. Nevertheless, it reflects the moral corruption, paganism and emptiness that infect the leftist worldview of modern humanism, which is basically secular and anti-theistic, not merely a-theistic.
The characters and dialogue in GREENBERG are well written, but the plot’s structure drifts in and out of focus. Florence herself is a character at a crossroads. Eventually, she learns she’s become pregnant from her previous boyfriend and gets an abortion. Overall, therefore, despite a few interesting insights, the movie’s pagan, feminist, pro-abortion worldview, mixed with its strong foul language, sexual content and explicit nudity, leads to an abhorrent result.