In his thrid feature, director Noah Baumbach scores a triumph with an autobiographical coming- of-age story about a tenneager whose write-parents are divorcing, The father (Jeff Daniels) and mother (Laura Linney) duke it out in half- civilized, half-savage fashion, while their two sons adapt in different ways, shifting allegiances between parents. The film is squirmy-funny and nakedly honest about the rationalizations and compensatory snobbisms of artistics failure as well as the conflicted desires of adolescentes for sex and status. In detailing boheminan- bourgois life in brownstone. Fulfilling the best traditions of the American independent film, this quirky, wisely written feature explores the gulf between sexes, generations, art and commerce, Brooklyn and Manhattan. - New York Film Festival.