Ben Stiller tones down his act by placing himself in the hands of writer-director Noah Baumbach ("The Squid and the Whale") - and Baumbach's wife, actress Jennifer Jason Leigh, who helped conceive the story and is a co-star here - in this comedy-drama.
Stiller plays a somewhat lost man who finds himself when he switches coasts and house-sits for his Los Angeles-based brother ( Chris Messina, "Julie & Julia"). Romance presents itself in the form of the brother's assistant (Greta Gerwig). Rhys Ifans ( "Pirate Radio") also appears. DVD extras: three "making-of" documentaries. *** (R: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray)Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times