Any filmmaker who names the family dog Mahler (see his 2010 com-dram “Greenberg”) is OK with us. Noah Baumbach’s latest, “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected),” is a very funny examination of a dysfunctional Jewish family that, as he notes, “has replaced religion with art as a subject of worship.” Aging sculptor Harold (Dustin Hoffman), an all-but-forgotten minor talent, dominates his children by several marriages — Danny (Adam Sandler), Matthew (Ben Stiller) and Jean (Elizabeth Marvel), each of whom feels he or she lets him down by not pursuing a life in the arts. Over several months, this ill-matched quartet, joined by Harold’s dotty current wife Maureen (an unrecognizable but delightful Emma Thompson) and various artist friends and rivals, works through thorny family issues.

Opens Friday, Oct. 13.