Leah Greenblatt
August 13, 2015 AT 05:56 PM EDT

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

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