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Damsels in Distress (2011)

  • Rate: 7.1/10 total 312 votes 
  • Release Date: 6 April 2012 (USA)
  • Runtime: 99 min
  • Filming Location: Bronxville, New York, USA
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  • IMDb page: Damsels in Distress (2011)
  • Rate: 7.1/10 total 312 votes 
  • Release Date: 6 April 2012 (USA)
  • Runtime: 99 min
  • Filming Location: Bronxville, New York, USA
  • Director: Whit Stillman
  • Stars: Greta Gerwig, Adam Brody and Analeigh Tipton
  • Original Music By: Mark Suozzo   

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Whit Stillman  screenplay

Known Trivia

  • Writer/Director Whit Stillman’s first film in 13 years after The Last Days of Disco.
  • Numerous characters are named after flowers.

Plot: A trio of girls set out to change the male-dominated environment of the Seven Oaks college campus, and to rescue their fellow students from depression, grunge and low standards of every kind.  »

Story: A trio of girls set out to change the male-dominated environment of the Seven Oaks college campus, and to rescue their fellow students from depression, grunge and low standards of every kind.

Synopsis

Synopsis: Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics and produced by Westerly Film Production, Distress is a comedy about a trio of beautiful girls as they set out to revolutionize life at a grungy American university the dynamic leader Violet Wister (Greta Gerwig), principled Rose (Megalyn Echikunwoke) and sexy Heather (Carrie MacLemore). They welcome transfer student Lily (Analeigh Tipton) into their group which seeks to help severely depressed students with a program of good hygiene and musical dance numbers. The girls become romantically entangled with a series of menincluding smooth Charlie (Adam Brody), dreamboat Xavier (Hugo Becker) and the mad frat pack of Frank (Ryan Metcalf) and Thor (Billy Magnussen) who threaten the girls friendship and sanity.

 

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Charlie Dibe known as co-producer
  • Jacob Jaffke known as line producer
  • Cecilia Kate Roque known as consulting producer
  • Whit Stillman known as producer
  • Alicia Van Couvering known as consulting producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Greta Gerwig known as Violet
  • Carrie MacLemore known as Heather
  • Megalyn Echikunwoke known as Rose
  • Analeigh Tipton known as Lily
  • Ryan Metcalf known as Frank
  • Jermaine Crawford known as Jimbo
  • Caitlin Fitzgerald known as Priss
  • Zach Woods known as Rick DeWolfe
  • Domenico D'Ippolito known as Complainer Student
  • Nick Blaemire known as Freak Astaire
  • Aubrey Plaza known as Depressed Debbie
  • Hugo Becker known as Xavier
  • Meredith Hagner known as Alice
  • Joe Coots known as Barman
  • Adam Brody known as Fred Packenstacker / Charlie Walker
  • Billy Magnussen known as Thor
  • Cortez Nance Jr. known as Groundskeeper
  • Aja Naomi King known as Positive Polly
  • Jordanna Drazin known as Emily Tweeter
  • Madison Cerniglia known as Classmate 1
  • Veronica Mu known as Classmate 2
  • Laila Drew known as Young Rose
  • Carolyn Farina known as At the diner: Carolina Antonucci
  • Shinnerrie Jackson known as Sharise
  • Gerron Atkinson known as Sincere Highway Worker
  • Jonnie Brown known as Fresh Highway Worker (as Jonnie Louis Brown)
  • Shawn WIlliams known as Campus Cop
  • Doug Yasuda known as Professor Ryan
  • Todd Bartels known as Charlie's Friend 1
  • Edward J. Martin known as Charlie's Friend 2
  • Max Lodge known as ALA Pamphlet Guy
  • Bryce Burke known as Gladiator
  • Jared Burke known as Cary (Jumper)
  • Clare Halpine known as Cary's Girlfriend
  • Alia Shawkat known as Mad Madge
  • Colleen Dengel known as Seminar Cynthia
  • Taylor Nichols known as Professor Black
  • Will Storie known as D.U. Brother (hygiene)
  • Chris Angerman known as D.U. Brother (boots)
  • Sheena Colette known as Sorority Girl

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Ivy Ermert known as makeup artist
  • Satoko Ichinose known as hair department head
  • Jessica Jade Jacob known as makeup artist
  • Betsy Kelly known as hair stylist
  • Maia Kern known as makeup artist
  • Krystle Poulin known as makeup artist
  • Anouck Sullivan known as makeup department head
  • Jessica Toth known as makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Gideon Ang known as set dresser
  • Eric Burritt known as art intern
  • Micaela Carolan known as scenic
  • Mia Cioffi Henry known as on-set dresser
  • Zosia Mackenzie known as assistant property master
  • Alison-Violet Mount known as set dresser
  • Nancy Spittle known as leadman
  • Joanna Tillman known as graphic artist
  • Grace Yun known as property master

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Westerly Films

Other Companies:

  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • IndieClear  script clearance
  • Milan Records  soundtrack
  • Nice Dissolve  DI facility
  • Sessions Payroll Management  extras payroll services

Distributors:

  • Sony Pictures Classics (2011) (USA) (theatrical)

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Other Stuff

Visual Effects by:
  • Brian Houlihan known as digital compositor
  • Erin W. Nash known as digital compositor

Release Date:

  • Italy 10 September 2011 (Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica)
  • Canada 13 September 2011 (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • UK 23 October 2011 (BFI London Film Festival)
  • Sweden 9 November 2011 (Stockholm International Film Festival)
  • Poland 20 November 2011 (American Film Festival)
  • Netherlands 30 January 2012 (International Film Festival Rotterdam)
  • New Zealand 29 March 2012
  • Hong Kong 30 March 2012 (Hong Kong International Film Festival)
  • USA 6 April 2012
  • Argentina 12 April 2012 (Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema)
  • New Zealand 26 April 2012
  • Ireland 27 April 2012
  • UK 27 April 2012
  • Sweden 11 May 2012
  • Belgium 30 May 2012
  • Netherlands 31 May 2012

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content including some sexual material

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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6 Comments

  1. IDwasTaken from None
    06 Apr 2012, 2:31 am

    Few films recently have been able to capture my imagination like thisone. With the glut of comic book films and remakes, very few people aremaking original films. I was not expecting much going into this film (Isaw it at a festival). In fact I had not planned on seeing it, but itseemed "different" enough to warrant a watch. Well, I went in notknowing what to expect and came out with a big grin. I was happy I gaveit a shot and was surprised by the other comment on here.

    If you want to see something original, that has some break out actors,and is funny, then check out "Damsels in Distress." Days after I leftthe screening, I kept thinking back on the funny lines and comicallyearnest characters. Go in with an open mind and come out with a grin.

    IMDb does not allow 8.5 stars, but that's my verdict. This goes intothe category of films I'll be watching again once it hits the theaters.

  2. Alberto Farina from Roma, Italy
    06 Apr 2012, 2:31 am

    Stillman's first feature in 13 years investigates the merciless socialrules within a campus: it's fun, as wittily and entertaininglydialogued as his previous efforts, but way more off-beat and darklyscrewballish. It almost plays as an intellectual version of cultfavorite "Heathers" (it might be no coincidence if it also revolvesaround a bunch of co-eds named after flowers), sparing us theB-movieish third act of Michael Lehmann's film. Lots of fun, with amusical twist around the end that might be able to improve the film'schances to cult-ness.

    I caught "Damsels in Distress" in Venice, where it was selected out ofcompetition as the closing film for 2011's festival. Audience was quiteappreciative, laughing out loud throughout the whole screening.

  3. charlie-schlangen from United States
    06 Apr 2012, 2:31 am

    It's clear that some reviewers "got" this film and some didn't. Asalways, Stillman delivers with marvelous, laugh-out-loud funnydialogue. This is so rare that that that virtue alone sets it apartfrom the majority of the drivel that passes for conversation in moviescripts these days. You can't tell me that there aren't some one-linersin there that you hear and just *wish* you could have uttered yourselfif only you'd had the wit (Whit?).

    The characters are all flawed, some lovably so, some not–just likelife. You're not meant to like all of them, and it's part of thesubtle, social observation of which Stillman is capable that theunlikable characters are not always immediately unlikable. Somecharacters learn from their mistakes and misperceptions, some do not.Again, like life.

    The thing that is so winsome about Stillman's movies is that virtuealways triumphs. There is a sweetness to his choice that the goodalways eclipses the bad. It's almost heart-achingly sweet, because weknow that that is not how things usually work out, and yet you findyourself rooting for these flawed, quirky, sometimes idiotic charactersto get out of their own way and allow their better natures to win theday. I've wondered for a long time about the central role of dancing inhis movies, and maybe it's that when you're dancing, it's hard to domuch else, and you become one with music, rhythm, and your dancepartner(s). Perhaps that's what he wants for his characters–to usedance as a vehicle to get out of their own way and lead a happier, lesscomplicated, less tortured existence.

    My favorite of his movies will always be "Metropolitan," but this is anexcellent new addition to his oeuvre. We've been waiting for "the newone" for a while, and now that it's here I find it a sheer delight.

  4. billyweeds from New York City
    06 Apr 2012, 2:31 am

    I was very much looking forward to this movie, having admired all ofWhit Stillman's previous films, especially his latest, the 1998 "TheLast Days of Disco." So I was beyond disappointed to discover that"Damsels in Distress" is virtually unwatchable. Is it pretentious? Hardto describe it that way since it doesn't seem to be trying foranything. People sit around or walk around or dance around and chatterin a kind of language that appears to be spawned on an alien planet.Greta Gerwig, whom I have liked in a couple of other movies, iscompletely lost and inept spouting the idiot dialogue she's given, andthe problem extends to the entire cast. I laughed out loud exactlyonce. Most of the time I cringed and groaned. The movie is absolutelyawful and a must to avoid unless you have been losing sleep and need tocatch up. No, scratch that. Insomnia is preferable to this debacle.

  5. Dave Thomas from North of London, England
    06 Apr 2012, 2:31 am

    Painful, self-consciously quirky 'comedy' with no plot, failing to tellthe story of several idiotic, unlikeable characters and their attemptsto find love. One of the 5 worst films I've been unfortunate enough toencounter, and I've seen Sextette and Terror of Tiny Town (look them upand realise the full depths that Damsels In Distress reaches). Thisisn't even bad in the sense of The Room, where at least the results arelaughable – quite the opposite, despite this allegedly being a comedy.The cast is awful, but special mention must go to Greta Gerwig asViolet. On the strength of this un-performance, we can only hope she'snever cast in anything else. Save yourselves! Avoid this movie at allcosts! Spend your time and money doing something more pleasant, likehaving a root canal.

  6. Igenlode Wordsmith from England
    06 Apr 2012, 2:31 am

    I'm not sure why this film was selected as a special 'Members' Reward'screening for the London Film Festival, as it is very, very American –probably much funnier for those familiar with the culture represented.As it was, the buzz among the audience after the end of the show wasnot enthusiastic.

    For my own part, I'm afraid comedies of social embarrassment make meacutely uncomfortable, and I dislike even more situations in whichpretentious, arrogant, ignorant people make fools of themselves byexposing themselves in public: the argument where one girl insists thatXavier must be spelt with a 'zee' (and then her queen-bee friendoverrides her with an even more pretentiously ignorant explanation) isa prime example of what really raised my hackles in this film. It'sjust not the sort of thing I like at all; I don't think there's asympathetic character left by the end, and meanwhile we're supposed tobe spending our time laughing at these cliques and freaks sneering ateach other. I prefer my films more sweet-natured than this.

    Because I was cringing so much I felt that the picture also went on fartoo long; views of those who were enjoying it may vary.

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