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Highball is a 1997 film directed by Noah Baumbach, co-written by Baumbach, Carlos Jacott, and Christopher Reed. The film is credited as having been directed by "Ernie Fusco" and written by "Jesse Carter" after being disowned by Baumbach.[1][2] The film was shot over 6 days with remaining money from Baumbach's previous film Mr. Jealousy.

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Directed byNoah Baumbach (as Ernie Fusco)
Produced byJoel Castleberg
Written byNoah Baumbach (as Jesse Carter)
Carlos Jacott (as Jesse Carter)
Christopher Reed (as Jesse Carter)
StarringJustine Bateman
Peter Bogdanovich
Chris Eigeman
CinematographySteven Bernstein
Edited byJ. Kathleen Gibson
Shoreline Entertainment
Running time
110 minutes
CountryUnited States


A newly married couple decides to improve their social life by throwing three great parties and inviting tons of people at their Brooklyn apartment. The film follows this pursuit over the course of a year.


Removal of creditEdit

Baumbach has removed his credit for the film, explaining in an interview with The A.V. Club:

And it was a funny script. But it was just too ambitious. We didn't have enough time, we didn't finish it, it didn't look good, it was just a whole ... mess. [Laughs.] We couldn't get it done, and I had a falling out with the producer. He abandoned it, and I had no money to finish it, to go back and maybe get two more days or something. Then later, it was put out on DVD without my approval.[2]


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  2. ^ a b Murray, Noel (2005-11-09). "Noah Baumbach · Interview · The A.V. Club". Retrieved 2014-04-08.

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