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Ben Stiller: A Viewer’s Guide
The highs and lows of The Watch star’s career to date

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Ben Stiller: A Viewer’s Guide |

ESSENTIAL VIEWING: Greenberg (2010)

Stiller shows a whole other side to his repertoire in indie auteur Noah Baumbach’s (The Squid And The Whale) pointed study of a laconic New Yorker passing time on the West Coast. Watching Stiller unpeeling layers of the oniony Roger Greenberg is like watching a king of comedy doing his own take on The King Of Comedy: this guy is self-obsessed, solipsistic and writes angry letters to Starbucks, and those are his better qualities. It’s not a part that grants an actor anywhere to hide, but Stiller brings enough rumpled charm to warm audiences to an otherwise unsympathetic character and generates sparks (well, flickers) with Greta Gerwig’s shyly likeable assistant.
 

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Not a fan really... Good Reality Bites The Cable Guy Zoolander Dodgeball Average There’s Something About Mary Meet the Parents Anchorman Poor Mystery Men The Royal Tenenbaums Meet the Fockers Starsky & Hutch Along Came Polly Night at the Museum 1 and 2 Little Fockers Tower Heist More

Posted by The Moog on Tuesday August 28, 2012, 15:46

2 Tropic Thunder
Not a Stiller fan at all, I generally avoid his films because, he's just not my cup of tea. But, saying that, i LOVE Tropic Thunder with a passion! One of the funniest films ever! Credit where credit is due to the man! I would say it is ESSENTIAL viewing! More

Posted by Rouski on Tuesday August 28, 2012, 12:49

3 Tropic Thunder Essential
I am going to have to respectfully disagree and say Tropic Thunder is essential viewing. More

Posted by zios87 on Saturday August 25, 2012, 15:20

4 White Goodman?
Where is the genius too that is Dodgeball? More

Posted by moviemandan77 on Saturday August 25, 2012, 08:35

5 I like him!
He's got some sort of likeability factor and even though Greenberg was quite a pill to swallow I still liked the film because there are people like that and he made him feel sincere. But yeah! Theres Something About Mary was his biggest for me, an introduction and solid proof that all the zaniness he can still pull off the Straight Man quite well, stupidly well actually More

Posted by kisswithatear on Friday August 24, 2012, 20:32

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Why isn't There's Something About Mary included ???? More

Posted by BurtonWildheart on Friday August 24, 2012, 19:05


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