Stories for October 27, 2005
The Squid and the Whale opens with a tennis match that immediately defines the tensions of the Berkman family. Bernard (Jeff Daniels) is teamed with sixteen-year-old son Walt (Jesse Eisenberg) against Joan (Laura Linney) and their younger son Frank (Owen Kline). The partnering reveals the family divisions-Walt always sides with his father while Frank aligns with his mother. On the court, Bernard is just a bit too competitive for comfort, and when he hits his wife Joan with the ball, it seems like it might not have been entirely accidental. Soon after the game, Bernard holds a family conference and the boys immediately sense what's about to come. The parents announce a separation and divorce. But not to worry, Mom and Dad insist, they will share joint custody and everything will be just fine.