The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017)

When I first saw The Meyerowitz Stories on Netflix, I decided I would pass it because of Adam Sandler. He's always so annoying and his movies are always so stupid, I didn't want to waste time watching it. Then Kevin over Speaks in Movie Lines spoke highly of it (and Sandler's performance) so I absolutely had to check it out. And I'm glad I did because it was a real joy to watch.

It tells the stories of three estranged siblings, Danny (Adam Sandler), Jean (Elizabeth Marvel) and Matt (Ben Stiller), that reunite when their bitter ageing father (Dustin Hoffmann) gets hospitalized and try to figure out how to step out from their father's shadow and live their own lives.

The film portrays and analyses with wit and realism this dysfunctional family, mainly focusing on the rivalry between Danny and Matt, unemployed and divorced the first, successful business-wise but trapped in an unhappy marriage the latter.

Which brings me to the only problem I had with this, it completely left out Jean's story. Watching the multiple storylines unravelling and witnessing the slow amending of the relationship between the characters and their growth (especially Matt's) was interesting and enjoyable but the movie ends and we barely know a thing about Jean. And it's a shame because her character could have been so interesting.

But now let's talk about the real deal here, Adam Sandler. Yes, you read that right. Adam Sandler gives his best performance ever as Danny, the older brother dealing with a divorce and with the loss of his daughter Eliza, brilliantly played by Grace Van Patten, who is leaving for college. I know it's not that hard to top his past performances, but this one could (and hopefully will) lead to an Oscar nomination. Also, the chemistry he has with Grace Van Patten is great and they share a father-and-daughter moment that is the most emotional, touching and beautiful moment of the film.

Ben Stiller is also very good as Matt, the successful brother and favourite son. His character is the one that changes the most throughout the film, and he's able to deliver that. And he's really great at portraying that struggle between staying calm and polite and just losing it at the beginning of his story when he's having lunch with his father (I could really relate to that). Dustin Hoffman also gives a great performance as Harold, the family patriarch who can face his failure as a father and can accept the fact of being a nothing more than a mediocre artist. Great support also comes from Elizabeth Marvel who unfortunately doesn't have a lot of screen time but never misses the change to shine, and Emma Thompson who plays Harold's new wife, a quite unlikable and almost-unexistent character.


  1. Thanks for the shoutout. Glad you dug this! I think this would be a great Oscar nom for Sandler. If not this, then nothing ever. He is next level great. I just wanted to hug him. Likewise, Stiller is good. When Jean does get her moment, it's pretty great, but she isn't given enough considering how well she is played by Marvel.

    Great review!

  2. I read Kevin's review as well and do want to see this. I am sad to know the one girl, the sister, does not get the same screen time as the others. Love your review and have this on my list

  3. Cara Sonia, credo che sia un film da vedere veramente!!!
    Ciao e buona giornata con un forte abbraccio e un sorriso:-)

  4. I also wish they would've gotten into Jean's story more. She was my favorite character.