The Meyerowitz Stories, American Vandal, and teenage anxiety.

American Vandal Is the True-Crime Parody We Didn’t Know We Needed

American Vandal Is the True-Crime Parody We Didn’t Know We Needed

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Oct. 18 2017 11:49 AM

The Culture Gabfest “Priceless Moments” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), Netflix’s American Vandal, and teenage anxiety.

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This week, the critics discuss the new film The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), directed by Noah Baumbach and starring Dustin Hoffman, Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, and Emma Thompson. The gabbers talk about the intricacies of this family drama and the difficulty of living up to a parent’s expectations. Next, they turn to Netflix’s true-crime parody series American Vandal, which is so much more than just eight episodes of dick jokes (although it is also eight episodes of dick jokes). Finally, the critics discuss an article in the New York Times about teenage anxiety and debate whether the piece makes a convincing case for why anxiety has replaced depression as the predominant ailment of teenagers.

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Stephen Metcalf is Slate’s critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

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Julia Turner is the editor in chief of Slate and a regular on Slate’s Culture Gabfest podcast.