First Trailer for Whit Stillman’s DAMSELS IN DISTRESS Starring Greta Gerwig

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I believe there is an uncanny valley in portraying the young and erudite.  I want to see witty movies about the UHB, but only a select few—led by Woody Allen—can write the dialogue without it seeming so stilted.  Whit Stillman is one of the masters.  It’s not that the banter isn’t stiff, rather that is part of the point.  And it helps when you have stars like Greta Gerwig, Adam Brody, and Analeigh Tipton voicing the characters as Stillman does in his latest, Damsels in Distress.  Gerwig, Tipton, Megalyn Echikunwoke, and Carrie MacLemore star as a group of coeds whose friendship is threatened by a series of romances, “including smooth Charlie (Brody), dreamboat Xavier (Hugo Becker), the mad frat-pack of Frank (Ryan Metcalf), and Thor (Billy Magnussen).”  Damsels in Distress opens in limited release on April 6. Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

Via Yahoo:

I eat this stuff up.  At the same time, I can totally how somebody could hate this—that same allergic reaction I’ve had to a couple Wes Anderson projects.  But if you are one of the converted, be sure to check out Steve’s interview with Stillman at TIFF. And if you’d like to see more, I have embedded a few clips that dropped awhile back:

“Lily Introduces Charlie”

“Comfort Priss”

“The Algebra Of Love”

Official synopsis:

Damsels in 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 men – including smooth Charlie (Adam Brody), dreamboat Xavier (Hugo Becker), the mad frat-pack of Frank (Ryan Metcalf) and Thor (Billy Magnussen) – who threaten the girls’ friendship and sanity.

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  • Taffy Lewis

    Love Stillman and can’t wait to see his (long-overdue) latest, however, as a Brit, I have to say that Megalyn Echikunwoke’s fake “posh” English accent is just terrible, like some stereotypical upper-class character in a bad US sitcom. People in UK cinemas will be groaning with each syllable.

  • Jim

    That looks pretentious and boring as hell. No one talks like that. Why write a screenplay that sounds like it takes place in another universe? Who is supposed to connect with this?

  • terry

    In love exposition and so when I saw Citizen Kane for the first time last week I was blown away. But this trite is beyond boooooooring.

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