Frances Ha

A new review from The Movie Snob.

Frances Ha  (B).  I wasn’t sure about this movie.  It’s gotten pretty good reviews from the critics, but on the other hand it was directed and co-written Noah Baumbach, whose previous movie The Squid and the Whale pretty much left me cold.  But on the other hand, it stars Greta Gerwig, whom I liked in Damsels in Distress, so I held out some hope.  Gerwig stars as Frances, a 27-year-old gal living in New York and barely squeaking by as an apprentice dancer with a professional dance company.  She is more or less stuck in college mode, sharing an apartment with her college friend Sophie, whose company she prefers to any mere boyfriend.  But reality is starting to make its inevitable demands.  Sophie has a serious boyfriend and is less available.  Frances’s career as a dancer appears to be going nowhere, and her finances are precarious.  She has no romantic prospects, and one of her few guy friends frequently refers to her as “undatable.”  Still, Frances seems like a basically decent person, and something about Gerwig’s portrayal made me want to root for her.  Plus, it’s only 86 minutes long, so it’s not a huge time investment.

4 comments on “Frances Ha

  1. […] think The Lone Ranger, starring Johnny Depp as Tonto, was half bad.  Just give it a chance!  Frances Ha is a decent little movie about a young woman trying to figure out what she wants to do with her […]

  2. […] left a little unclear what would possess someone to want to do such a crazy thing.  Adam Driver (Frances Ha) co-stars as a National Geographic photographer who pops in from time to time to take some pix of […]

  3. […] and Miranda Otto (Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers).  Meryl Streep’s daughter Grace Gummer (Frances Ha) plays one of the crazy […]

  4. […] We’re Young).  I must say, his movies have been growing on me.  Like Baumbach’s 2012 effort Frances Ha, this movie stars Baumbach’s girlfriend Greta Gerwig (Damsels in Distress), and the two of them […]

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