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Damsels in Distress
Whit Stillman's Damsels in Distress is a comedy about a trio of beautiful girls as they set out to revolutionize life at a grungy American university - the dynamic leader Violet Wister (Greta Gerwig), principled Rose (Megalyn Echikunwoke) and sexy Heather (Carrie MacLemore). They welcome transfer student Lily (Analeigh Tipton) into their group which seeks to help severely depressed students with a program of good hygiene and musical dance numbers. The girls become romantically entangled with a series of men-including smooth Charlie (Adam Brody), dreamboat Xavier (Hugo Becker) and the mad… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Like a degree in gender studies, there's no payoff."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Damsels in Distress ambles about amiably without much of a narrative: Plot has never been Stillman's strong suit, and in this film he seems particularly indifferent to its demands."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Although the themes of clueless rich kids acting boorishly are very much the same as in Stillman's biggest hits, 'Metropolitan' and 'Barcelona,' the light and breezy "Damsels" more than stands on its own as an Austen-tatious delight."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"Greta Gerwig gives a career-defining performance."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Whit Stillman hasn't been behind a camera in 13 years and it's time to toss the old adage out, you can forget how to ride a bike."
‑ Erick Weber, NECN
"The film would probably drag if it weren't so perfectly cast, especially with the gawky-beautiful Gerwig as its center."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"There's a self-consciousness to "Damsels" that takes away much of the fun."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Why he would once again focus his imagination on another ensemble of shallow, self-absorbed characters that are all directed to speak like they were born in the same upper-class Connecticut suburb indicates a one-track mind, at the least."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"And while it occasionally feels a little wobbly, it grows more sure of itself and richer as it goes along."
‑ Cara Nash, FILMINK (Australia)
"This is a very funny movie, and in some ways a dirty movie, in the old Ernst Lubitsch sense of innuendoes standing in for outright sex talk."
‑ Dan Callahan, House Next Door
"For the most part, it's a film filled with simple pleasures..."
‑ William Goss, Film.com
"While the comedy might be patchy, Gerwig and Stillman make for quite the two-step."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"One doesn't realize one has missed the airless irony of Whit Stillman until one sees Stillman's first feature film in 13 years."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"While the highly mannered banter on show here doesn't quite have the cutting ring of Whit Stillman's] epocal, yuppie-era conversation piece Metropolitan (1990), it brims with dry wit and wry observations about college life and awkward emotions."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"Once you let go and just go with the oddball flow, many delights await."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
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