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Rated PG-13 · 98 min. · 2012

Drama


After a 13-year absence, Whit Stillman is back with the utterly charming Damsels in Distress. The action takes place at the tony, fictitious Seven Oaks College, and the florally themed foursome at the story's center—ringleader Violet (Greta Gerwig), Brit-snob Rose (Megalyn Echikunwoke), dopey Heather (Carrie MacLemore) and scruffy new girl Lily (Analeigh Tipton)—have as much in common with Jane Austen as they do with contemporary collegians. But this is more than simply Clueless for a new generation. The charismatic Violet and sidekicks run their school's suicide prevention center, counseling their depressed clients to take up tap dancing as therapy. Violet aspires to civilize the school's uncouth, drunken, baseball cap-wearing male students, and her long-term ambition is to start a national dance craze (seriously). The ensemble talent is exceptional, and credit is due to Stillman for writing so many good lines for his characters, large and small. As ever, Stillman mourns the fallen world, but his reappearance in theaters is reason to give all of us hope.


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Whit Stillman returns with Damsels in Distress

Stillman's movies reflect a conservative New England sensibility, of private schools, good manners, and unfashionable social and political opinions argued eloquently and amusingly. »

Official Site: www.sonyclassics.com/damselsindistress/site
Director: Whit Stillman
Writer: Whit Stillman
Producer: Whit Stillman, Martin Shafer and Liz Glotzer
Cast: Greta Gerwig, Adam Brody, Analeigh Tipton, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Carrie MacLemore, Hugo Becker, Billy Magnussen, Ryan Metcalf, Jermaine Crawford and Caitlin Fitzgerald

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