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Noah Baumbach's cross-generational film, "The Meyerowitz Stories" explores families and ideas of success

Noah Baumbach's cross-generational film, "The Meyerowitz Stories" explores families and ideas of success

Sometimes the inspiration for a film isn’t as obvious as it may first seem. Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected),” for example, centers on two brothers (Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller) and a sister (Elizabeth Marvel) who are trying to find peace with their highly opinionated and brusque father (Dustin Hoffman). Like much of Baumbach’s work, it feels semi-autobiographical, but it was actually an idea that he fostered over a decade ago while working on what eventually became his breakthrough film, “The Squid and the Whale.”

“It's not like I thought, ‘Oh, I'm always going to revisit that initial concept.’ I wasn't thinking that consciously,” Baumbach says. “But...

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