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'Mistress America': EW review

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Mistress America

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
84 minutes
Wide Release Date:
08/14/15
performer:
Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke, Seth Barrish
director:
Noah Baumbach
genre:
Comedy

We gave it a C

Noah Baumbach’s latest wisp of privileged New York whimsy vaporizes on arrival. Nominally about the friendship that forms between a lonely college freshman (Lola Kirke) and her kooky future stepsister (co-writer Greta Gerwig, mugging like a millennial Auntie Mame), it’s mostly an excuse for characters to lob droll non sequiturs at each other and be steered toward strenuously madcap set pieces. Mistress hints at something sadder and more human, but settles for stylized mania instead. C