Westerly Films,

Greta Gerwig, Adam Brody, Analeigh Tipton, Carrie MacLemore, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Ryan Metcalf, Jermaine Crawford, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Zach Woods, Aubrey Plaza, Alia Shawkat,

Violet (Greta Gerwig) and her two accomplices have the idea that they must help all the “less-fortunate” students at Seven Oaks College. They run a Suicide Prevention Centre and off their advice anytime they get the chance. Their newest rescue is transfer student, Lily (Analeigh Tipton). They take Lilly under their wing and try to teach her how to talk and dress properly, and how to select appropriate men to be interested in. They then head out to save the whole school through their dance, music, and perfume.

This is a very unusual film. I made my way through the whole thing, but it was a challenge. This director (Whit Stillman) who is also the writer of the screenplay certainly has his own style. Everything is like a very slow deadpan look at life. It’s slow, and it’s funny, but in a very, very deadpan way. In other words, it’s very strange and unusual humor, with no ha-ha moments. The whole things plods along without anything much going on. For an example of the type of “jokes” you’re going to get, this university doesn’t have a greek system. They have a Roman system, so the fraternities have Roman names. Isn’t that hysterical? I’m not sure how to describe it, but the best thing I can come up with is “pretentious”. It’s very academic, Sundance, film schoolish, and it nearly bored me to death. Nothing happens, these characters would be rejected for animated cartoon work because they are too stupid, and I wonder about the many people who love this film. Are they also pretentious, or do they really know something I don’t know. Skip this one!

EdG – EdsReview Dot Com – A Movie Review Blog



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