WHITE NOISE – Review by T.J. Callahan

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White Noise : Whatever relaxes you is dangerous

White Noise is just that – a bunch of white noise. Psycho babble. Constant talking over one another about the state of the world and the well being of one particular family in 1985 America.

Jack and Babette are an existential Mike and Carol Brady. Divorcées with a blended family who must learn to get along with each other as well as the ever changing world. While grappling with consumerism on the home front, the tackle fear and the unknown when forced to evacuate their neighborhood due to an Airborne Toxic Event.

White Noise is on a whole other frequency. Based on a novel that was said to be unfilmable, director Noah Baumbach merges all the book’s storylines into a cornucopia of chaos. Adam Driver, with a paunch, is Jack, a college professor and Hitler expert. Baumbach’s wife and muse, Greta Gerwig, is Babette, an overstimulated working mom. Don Cheadle is Jack’s fear-loathing friend and co-worker, Murray Siskind.

I appreciated the attention to detail in this film. The costume design and set decorations are spot on. The viewer is transported back to the 80’s. But as I told my cousin Lois, drown out White Noise. It is not for the mainstream movie watcher. I wanted to be driven off this picture. Over two hours, it just got to be too much.

The best part of White Noise is the end…not because it’s over, but because there’s a fun flash mob dance in the aisles of the A & P to a catchy tune by LCD Soundsystem called New Body Rhumba. Ask for it in your Jazzercise class.

Otherwise White Noise gets a 4. My husband, Ricky gives it a half 👁 open.

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T. J. Callahan

Texas Radio Hall of Fame broadcaster, T.J. Callahan switched gears from traffic and news reporting as a member of the Marconi Award winning Hudson and Harrigan Show on KILT in Houston to directing you to the right movie theatre as the resident film critic for Houston Radio Platinum and 101 Gold , Southern New Mexico's favorite radio station. Since 2009, T.J. has exclusively critiqued premiering films on such stations as KRMD in Shreveport, La., KILT in Houston, WCKT in Sarasota, Fla., as well as on The Chris X Blayney Show on The Liberty Eagle Radio Network and The Sam Malone Show on KNTH in Houston. Entertaining and informative, T.J. gets right to the point and lets you know whether the latest epic is worth your time. Listen to her Friday and Saturdays on houstonradioplatinum.com and on Friday afternoons on the Leslie T. Travis Show on KVLC FM in Las Cruces. T.J. is also a proud member of the Critics Choice Association and the Houston Film Critics Society. She truly believes everything in life is one degree of Blazing Saddles.