Ben Stiller's best comedy has always tapped into the hilarious, foot-stomping demands of egotistical men with metaphorically tiny feet. So it's a shock to see what the star of Tropic Thunder and Zoolander does with the title role in Greenberg. Completely stripped of his comedic armor, Stiller lowers his big movie-star head like a ram, and paws the ground until all that's left of the character of Roger Greenberg is a nakedly unlikable, stuck, single, 40ish man behaving pissily because he doesn't know any other way to be. Even when a luscious, improbably tolerant young woman (the artlessly divine individualist Greta Gerwig in a showcase role) presents herself to him, he sticks to being a jerk.
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