Rated PG-13 · 99 minutes · 2012

Writer-director Whit Stillman, who did a disappearing act after his fun 1998 film The Last Days of Disco, makes a funny return with collegiate comedy starring Greta Gerwig as a student who wants you to know the healing powers of really good hotel soap. Gerwig plays Violet, the leader of a small group of female students intent upon preventing suicide, avoiding acrid odors and starting a new dance craze. Stillman has a great gift for absurd, random humor mixed in with meaningful and surprisingly deep life observations. The cast is full of colorful, funny supporting players like Thor (an extremely funny Billy Magnussen), who doesn’t know all of the colors but pledges to hit the books and learn. There’s also Frank (Ryan Metcalf), the dumbass Violet has a crush on, who really wants his bean ball back. Throw in Analeigh Tipton as the normal girl and Adam Brody as a guy with a fake name, and you have one of the year’s greater casts. Look for the always-funny Aubrey Piaza in the aptly titled role, Depressed Debbie. This is sure to stand as one of the year’s funniest movies.
Official Site: www.sonyclassics.com/damselsindistress
Director: 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, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Jermaine Crawford, Aubrey Plaza, Zach Woods, Alia Shawkat, Nick Blaemire, Meredith Hagner, Aja King, Taylor Nichols, Carolyn Farina, Ryan Metcalf and Shinnerrie Jackson


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East Bay Express Damsels in Distress Greta Gerwig, please come home. by Kelly Vance 04/11/2012
Arkansas Times Collegiate courtliness The too-sweet return of Whit Stillman. by Natalie Elliott 05/09/2012
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Memphis Flyer The Soul of Whit Whit Stillman's collegiate comedy shines a warm light on precocious kids. by Addison Engelking 05/17/2012
Style Weekly College Preps Satirist Whit Stillman goes back to school in "Damsels in Distress." by Wayne Melton 05/01/2012
Portland Mercury Extremely Clever, Not Very Funny Damsels in Distress is a bloodless collection of quirks. by Vince Mancini 04/26/2012
Indy Week 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. by David Fellerath 05/02/2012
The Coast Halifax Stillman's back with Damsels in Distress Absurd, over-the-top, and hilarious by Tara Thorne 05/03/2012
Charleston City Paper Damsels in Distress navel-gazes at an artificial college experience Whit Stillman's flowery, absurd Damsels in Distress substitutes Animal House's crude frat boys for priss-pot coeds in this too-cute-for-school, obnoxious evocation of a make-believe college life. by Felicia Feaster 05/02/2012

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