'The Meyerowitz Stories,' Emma Thompson and the Art of Playing Drunk
Hopefully you saw Noah Baumbach's lovely literary riff on genius-family feuding before one of its stars put a slight stink on the project – the baggage now means folks may skip Adam Sandler doing his strongest work in years, Elisabeth Marvel making a meal out of an anxious-woman part, Grace Van Patten proving that she's earned next-big-thing status and the writer-director finding a fertile groove regarding his obsession with self-obsession. But the real pity might be the fact they'd miss Emma Thompson's contribution to the pantheon of great comic screen lushes. Her sodden spouse is a dollop of drunken anarchy dropped into this dysfunctional miss and comes out as the movie's MVP; few lines have made us laugh as hard as her sloshed reading of the gem, "he was baby-faced and sinewy, like an old lover of mine, Willem Dafoe." Speaking of which ... .