The Squid and the Whale(directed by the writer and director of ‘Greenburg’, Noah Baumbach) is about the everyday happenings of the Berkman family set in 1980’s Brooklyn. Bernard Berkman (Jeff Daniels) is a middle-aged father with a strong and detrimental emotional reliance on his family members (one of his sons, Walt is played by Jesse Eisenberg). We're introduced to the mother of the Berkman clan: Joan Berkman (Laura Linney). A promiscuous writer who is unhappy with the state of her marriage and decides that finally...divorce is an option ready to be considered.
The kids are treated as miniature adults. No topic seems too risqué or uncomfortable to discuss in great detail (sex, relationships, underage drinking). The Squid and the Whale may flare up feelings of second-hand embarrassment in some particular scenes.
Nothing wrong with it. I'm sure with a re-watch in some years, they'll be something to pick at.
Cosmetically, Jeff Daniels has a big old pimple in between his eyebrows. So there's that.
It's all good. The cast, writing, direction. All of it.