Saturday, April 21, 2012


Written and Directed by Whit Stillman
Starring Greta Gerwig, Adam Brody and Analeigh Tipton

Violet: We're also trying to make a difference in people's lives. One way to do that is to stop them from killing themselves.

A group of sorority girls decide to take on depression and suicide prevention, whilst grooming the fraternity riffraff into respectable young men, in Whit Stillman’s DAMSELS IN DISTRESS, his first film since 1998’s THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO. It isn’t long before the boys resort to their baser needs though, causing the ladies to need their own therapy. The ensemble cast, led by Greta Gerwig and Adam Brody, are all delightful. True to Stillman’s form, everyone speaks with great enunciation and elaborate vocabulary, yet the tone remains light and whimsical. DAMSELS IN DISTRESS is a dry, witty satire that pokes fun at the foolishness behind intellectualizing emotions, and while it may be too high brow for some, it will surely be a guilty pleasure for others.


Candice Frederick said...

lol this movie sounds a bit off-putting for some reason.

Black Sheep said...

It has that effect on some people while others think its quirky and fun. If you think you are already feeling off put, I don't see that improving.

Paolo said...

I'm scared to watch this movie even though I loved The Last Days of Disco. Not sure if the high brow-ness will be as appealing as it was back then.

Also, Adam Brody? I wondered where he was. He seems to just do minor roles in movies starring young, troubled women.