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A trio of girls set out to change the male-dominated environment of the Seven Oaks college campus, and to rescue their fellow students from depression, grunge and low standards of every kind.

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Violet and her two cohorts attempt to help their "less-fortunate" students at Seven Oaks College - primarily by running a Suicide Prevention Centre and offering their off-beat advice whenever they get a chance. Violet's newest rescue is transfer student, Lily, and Violet wants to teach her how to talk and dress properly, and how to select appropriate men to be interested in. Along their way in helping everybody at the college, the damsels teach the fraternity doofi to hit the books, they get their hearts broken, but then attempt to start an international dance craze. Written by napierslogs

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content including some sexual material | See all certifications »

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Algebra in Love  »

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$58,589 (USA) (6 April 2012)

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$1,007,535 (USA) (17 August 2012)
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Numerous characters are named after flowers. See more »

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Violet: Are you...
[whispers]
Violet: ... gay?
Fred Packenstacker: Not especially. But in another era it might of had some appeal.
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The background behind the "Sony Pictures Classics" logo at the beginning is bright pink instead of its normal blue. See more »

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An Acquired Taste That You May Find to Be Delightful If You're in the Right Mood for It
10 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Damsels in Distress" lives in a world utterly of its own making, and you're either going to accept that world or you're not. I was won over and found this film to be a charming, eccentric movie about a group of college girls, and one in particular, who hide their insecurities behind a confident desire to better their fellow students.

Greta Gerwig is the leader of the pack, a somewhat annoying girl who also remains rather winning and appealing thanks to Gerwig's terrific performance. The film reminded me somewhat of another movie released this year, Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" (though that's a far better film) in its quirky determination to stick to the rules it erects for itself, but also in its tone and its assembled cast of characters who are all basically good people trying to make sense of a frequently confusing and not always very pleasant world.

"Damsels in Distress" is not going to be to everyone's taste, but, also like "Moonrise Kingdom," if it is to your taste you'll probably be delighted by it.

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