Thursday, 26 April 2012

Damsels in Distress ★★★★☆

US indie darling Greta Gerwig stars alongside Adam Brody and Analeigh Tipton in Whit Stillman's first film in 13 years, Damsels in Distress (2011) - an alternative take on the American frat movie that falls somewhere between a parody of middle-class contemporary social life and a high-browClueless (1995).

Violet (Gerwig) is an incredibly pedantic, presumptuous and borderline obsessive compulsive student at Seven Oaks College who strives to be remembered for creating something significant like a new dance craze - which she believes unlike education or medicine, is a far more meaningful and life affirming pursuit. She leads a trio of girls working in the university's suicide prevention centre who through a combination of tap dance and doughnuts are attempting to shake-up the college campus' male-dominated environment of 'operator playboy types' and rescue their fellow students from depression and their own self-imposed low standards.


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