WHY IT'S A PICK Look it, I dunno how you feel about writer/director Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha, Squid and the  Whale), but he just...

Jeffrey Emerson's Pick: The Meyerowitz Stories

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Look it, I dunno how you feel about writer/director Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha, Squid and the Whale), but he just did a very quiet little movie for Netflix (now streaming) called The Meyerowitz Stories. I was skeptical when I saw the star-power in this movie, but Baumbach captures Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman, and journey-woman actress Elizabeth Marvel at the absolute height of their powers. The good lord knows we’ve had enough of dysfunctional family movies, but this one reaches a pitch of hysteria and misery that is as hilarious as it is troubling.

The Meyerowitz Stories depicts the unfortunate and tragic results of playing favorites with your children. Baumbach is a master of claustrophobic storytelling, and watching Adam Sandler lose his mind looking for parking whilst ostensibly parenting his daughter and only friend in the world (newcomer Grace Van Patten) is sheer nerve-racking delight. Can’t wait for Westworld’s return? This movie is made for Sunday night.

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) Trailer

When Jeffrey started his weekly stand up show, LAp DAnce SAloon, he only knew two other comics. So he had them on every week. They performed at Fresh Salt (at the South Street Seaport) for salty regulars and talkative german tourists to little or no success. Holocaust jokes abounded.

Jeffrey still does LAp DAnce SAloon, (on Time Out NY’s list of Best Free Comedy Nights), now a standing-room-only weekly he co-produces with pal Jill Weiner 9pm Mondays at 2A in the east village. Over 120 shows and counting, audiences have enjoyed the likes of Todd Barry, Josh Gondelman, Liz Barrett, Neko White, and Matteo Lane. Jeffrey stars in the upcoming short “Here Lies A Drunken Asshole” coming to a film festival near you. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and two cats, Mr Fluffy and Mr Leggs.

Select Credits: New York Comedy Club, The Village Lantern, The Stand, Greenwich Comedy Club, and on red hot New York shows Comedy Electric, Panic Attack, The Kevin Sean Show, and Lonebird, among others.

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