Monday, April 22, 2024

Greta Gerwig: Damsel Gets Support from Old Director for New Film

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Greta Gerwig is hot as a pistol right now. After making a splash in Noah Baumbach‘s terrific comedy, “Greenberg,” she’s gotten roles with Woody Allen and Whit Stillman. At Tuesday night’s premiere of Stillman’s wonderful “Damsels in Distress,” Greta was accompanied by Baumbach–pretty nice since he’s already directed her. Greta and her pals play college chums in the very stylised “Damsels”–an arch, tongue in cheek send up of fast talking kids who just a little “off.” At one point they all perform a very preppy, peppy musical number of “Things Are Looking Up.” Greta’s character runs the college’s Suicide Prevention Center, but of course soon she becomes depressed over the loss of a bonehead boyfriend. I loved this movie. Adam Brody–ex of “The O.C.” and due to break out big time is just great as a student posing as a young businessman–with plenty of secrets and lies. The whole cast is delightful, and the movie is charming, light, fun, engaging, smart. Like Stillman’s famous “Metropolitan,” it’s a real New York movie, too, even though it’s set in the country. Gerwig is luminous. I also really liked Megalyn Echikunwoke as a poseur faux British accented co-ed– she almost steals the movie. And Billy Magnussen is a hoot as a kid learning his colors. Randall Poster did his usual great job with the music selection.

PS Taylor Nichols from “Metropolitan” and “Barcelona” makes a cameo. Where is Chris Eigemann? He acts and directs all the time. But Ed Clements, who played Tom–the outsider from the Upper West Side in “Metropolitan”–is involved in Youth ministries in Toronto and retired from show biz.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6uBlj1OBZg&feature=related

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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