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Damsels in Distress  


Violet: Greta Gerwig
Heather: Carrie MacLemore
Rose: Megalyn Echikunwoke
Lily: Analeigh Tipton
Frank: Ryan Metcalf
Depressed Debbie: Aubrey Plaza
Review April 2012

In today's day of exploitation and overexposure, it's refreshing to see a film like Damsels in Distress that romanticizes the days of innocence. In the film, a trio of college girls led by the charismatic Violet Wister, are determined to make their alma mater, Seven Oaks University, a more pleasant place by promoting better hygiene and popular dance routines. Along the way, they end up in a series of romantic entanglements, silly subplots, and sanity checks that fall somewhere between Heathers and Mean Girls. With deadpan humor, devilish wit, and snappy dialogue, Damsels in Distress is a smart, preppy college satire from writer/director Whit Stillman. Even though the film lacks some of the precision and zing from his prior efforts like Metropolitan and The Last Days of Disco, Damsels is an unexpected charmer, making the old feel remarkably new again.

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