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Movie review: 'Damsels in Distress'
Writer-director Whit Stillman
Then Stillman disappeared from the screen activity for 14 years, during which time he ran up against creative and financial brick walls. On its surface, Stillman's fourth film, “Damsels in Distress,” has all the
Gerwig plays Violet, the leader of a group of young women with floral names at Seven Oaks, a sub-Ivy League university attended by neurotic females and comically dumb males. Rose and Heather (Megalyn Echikunwoke and Carrie MacLemore) follow Violet around on her constant social engineering jag, running an unusually busy suicide prevention center and trying to improve the intellectual standing of the men around them. The trio spots the lost-looking Lily (Tipton) during the first week of classes and takes her under their wings, an occasion that mainly serves as a springboard for Stillman's observations about campus life, most of which are voiced through Gerwig's distressingly deadpan delivery.
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‘Damsels in Distress'
Starring: Greta Gerwig, Adam Brody, Analeigh Tipton, Megalyn Echikunwoke, and Carrie MacLemore. (Mature thematic content including some sexual material).