Battle of the ages

Dylan Rupptrecht

Technology has shaped the way people socially interact. While the younger people—or “millennials”—have had the luxury of becoming technologically savvy as a result of growing up with smart phones and other devices, the parents have had to readjust to learn.

While We’re Young stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts (AP photo)
While We’re Young stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts (AP photo)

The film While We’re Young takes an eccentric look at the fusion of generational social norms with new age technology at its helm.

Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts play Josh and Cornelia, a married couple in their 40s during a time when virtually all of their friends are having babies. After befriending a younger couple in their early 20s, they embark on an energetic escapade and realize they might have bitten off a little more than they can chew.

While We’re Young takes a meta-analytical look at the distinction between adults 40 years and over and those in their early 20s living in the modern age while somehow displaying these nuances in an impressively casual way.

At some points, the subtle cinematic criticism hits both sides of the generational gap, leaving one feeling uncomfortably self-conscious; but that is precisely what this film aims to do. How exactly did traditional societal etiquette evolve to the point where bearing cellphones during a dinner with friends became acceptable?

These underlying questions nag at you throughout a witty, comedic plot.

Unfortunately, the focal point is lost at times, which leaves you to wonder whether the focus of the film is asking whether younger people or more self-involved or not. If there is any criticism to make about this movie, it is that perhaps the movie tries too hard to make you ask these questions, which in turn distract you from actually following the story line; before you know it, the movie’s conclusion is smacking you in the face before you had the chance to acknowledge the build-up.

Overall, this movie is full of fun entertaining scenes until the end.