Directed by Noah Baumbach • 1997 • United States
Starring Eric Stoltz, Annabella Sciorra, Chris Eigeman
Noah Baumbach’s follow-up to his Gen X classic KICKING AND SCREAMING is another incisively witty, articulate exploration of arrested adolescence among the overeducated and underemployed. Lester (Eric Stoltz), a wannabe writer working as a substitute teacher in New York, finds himself seized with jealousy when he learns that his girlfriend Ramona (Annabella Sciorra) used to date “generation-defining” novelist Dashiell Frank (Chris Eigeman). Determined to find out if Dashiell still has feelings for Ramona, Lester begins trailing him—and takes things a step too far when he begins attending the same group-therapy sessions as the famous author.