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 photo for While We're Young Director Noah Baumbach alternately loves and hates hipsters, pseudo hipsters and millennials; in 2010’s “Greenberg” he ambivalently charted the course of lost soul Roger Greenberg (Ben Stiller) as he searched for a new life in Los Angeles; in 2012’s “Frances Ha” he lavished love on the lost soul Frances (Greta Gerwig) as she sought a new life in New York; in “While We’re Young” he makes no bones about it: urban sophisticates are conflicted, spoiled and selfish. The film revolves around Josh (Stiller) and his wife Cornelia (Naomi Watts) who, after meeting a free-spirited twenty-something couple (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried), adopt a new lifestyle complete with hip-hop dance classes and mind-expanding parties. The mantra here: Reinvent yourself — constantly. Hip and cool never looked so bad — especially with four characters one has difficulty feeling empathy for. Oh well, that’s what happens when Woody Allen meets Alexander Payne. Vitals: Director: Noah Baumbach. Stars: Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Driver, Charles Grodin, Adam Horovitz. 2015, CC, MPAA rating: R, 97 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $7.170 million, Lionsgate. Extras: Six behind-the-scenes vignettes: “The Cast,” “Working With Filmmaker Noah Baumbach,” “Generation Tech,” “Working With Charles Grodin,” “Ayahuasca Ceremony” and “Hip-Hop Class.” 3 stars

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