A new review by The Movie Snob.
Mistress America (A-). Well, here it is, my favorite movie of 2015 so far. It’s an independent comedy by director Noah Baumbach (While 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 co-wrote it as well. Gerwig plays Brooke, a free-spirited New Yorker who has about a dozen irons in the fire but may have a little problem following through on things. Tracy (Lola Kirke, Gone Girl) is a lonely freshman at Barnard College, and she falls into Brooke’s orbit because they are about to become stepsisters. (Tracy’s mom is engaged to Brooke’s dad). The dialogue is very funny, but there is a serious undercurrent as Tracy begins to write a short story for a college magazine based on Brooke’s life—and then Tracy starts to realize that Brooke is not at all as put together as she pretends to be. The movie reminded me a little of Whit Stillman’s work, but more in the vein of a screwball comedy. I urge you to give it a try and see if it’s your cup of tea.