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The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) is a 2017 film by Noah Baumbach starring Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman.

It narrates the story of a big New York dysfunctional family, the titular Meyerowitzes.


  • Arc Words: "You should see the other dog."
  • As Himself: Sigourney Weaver who is credited by her real-life name. Harold later mentions several times that they met and greeted each other.
  • The Cameo: Adam Driver as Randy, one of Matthew's clients.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Danny and Jean. Both do not always understand what's going on unlike their more down-to-earth half-sibling..
  • Cool Shades: Harold in various scenes pretends that they belonged to both of his sons. The brothers struggle for them near the end. Danny ends up with them.
  • Dysfunctional Family
  • Dysfunction Junction: Everyone in the family is dysfunctional in some ways.
  • Fatal Flaw:
    • Harold is self-motivated in his own eccentric and artistic worldview.
    • Daniel loves his family but is emotionally-distant and unsure.
    • Matthew much like his dad only wants to be listened and focused and appreciated.
  • Humans Are Flawed: All the family members have some sort of Fatal Flaw.
  • Improbably Quick Coma Recovery: Subverted as Harold in the last part is shown several weeks after he came to himself.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Harold Meyerowitz. He never praised his one successful son in their conversations for not following what his expectations. Instead he praised him to his older son. Both offsprings felt despised.
  • Le Film Artistique: Those made by Eliza. Her relations praise them, though.
  • Onscreen Chapter Titles
  • Parents as People: Danny loves his daughter and is also trying to get to be with his father more as he didn't get to see him much growing up.
    • Harold probably does seem to love his sons despite how he hoped that his sons would have taken their artistic talents into careers.
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  • Rape as Drama: A non-contact sexual assault is mentioned when Jean recounts that Harold's friend masturbated in front of her when she was a child.
  • Serial Spouse: Harold Meyerowitz was married four times. Although he says that he actually married three times because the first marriage was annulled.
  • Shout-Out: Near the end, Matthew is wearing a blue suit and tie similar to Adam Sandler's in Punch-Drunk Love.
  • Sibling Rivalry: A fair share of this. Danny envies Matthew because of his career. Matthew is not happy either because his father never praises him.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: invoked So that it is not immediately clear whether something is true art or not. It is one of the most significant questions in this film as Harold Meyerowitz was formerly a somewhat renowned artist but now people doubt whether his work is actually worth anything.
  • Wimp Fight: Neither of the two Meyerowitz brothers are adept at hand-to-hand combat.

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