Damsels in Dance-tress

1. Ryan Gosling in The Ides of March (2011) with George Clooney
2. George Clooney in Ocean’s Eleven (2001) with Brad Pitt
3. Brad Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) with Adam Brody
4. Adam Brody in Damsels in Distress (2012)


I’m not really sure if I liked the soap-filled, dance-filled Damsels in Distress, but I enjoyed the hell of out it.

Given that I haven’t seen any of director Whit Stillman‘s previous films, I am probably the least qualified person to attempt to review this thing. But I appreciate Greta Gerwig, and I wanted to see a former star of The O.C. dance, so I paid my $8.50 to see it.

Greta Gerwig is deliciously awful (in a good way) here. And I’m so excited that’s she’s poised for a breakout year, with Lola Versus and To Rome with Love on the way later in 2012. She truly dominates the film in every way. If Regina George from Mean Girls had a psychotic breakdown, she would be Violet from Damsels in Distress.

The first 30 minutes or so were a real home run for me, but then the movie goes to weird places (some good and some bad), and it devolves into a series of odd sketches and dance numbers. But it isn’t afraid to go to those places, which I guess I appreciate.

I’ll be honest: you probably won’t like this movie. You’re going to think it’s weird. But the dialogue is full of idiosyncrasies that will make you uncomfortable and chuckle in a way you’ve never felt before. At least that’s what it was for me.


About Andrew Fillmore

31 / M / LA
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