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Damsels in Distress (2011)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  26 April 2012 (New Zealand)
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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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For these girls... it's not what you learn, it's whom you educate. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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Release Date:

26 April 2012 (New Zealand)  »

Also Known As:

Chicas en conflicto  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$1,007,535 (USA) (17 August 2012)

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1.85 : 1
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Apologies to Johann Strauss Jr. - the Waltz James P. Johnson - the Charleston Ernest 'Chubby Checker' Evans - the Twist See more »


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Disappointing. Totally disappointing
8 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Metropolitan, Barcelona, and Last Days of Disco are three great movies. Damsels doesn't come close. What made the others work so well, besides the acting, direction, and sets, was the writing: Stillman managed to create characters who were also caricatures, cartoon figures who were also so real it boggled the mind, how he could balance the thin lines between parody, satire, and life.... Damsels is basically a pale imitation. The writing is flat, the dialog doesn't pop, and all in all, the characters remain caricatures. You don't care about any of them. There's not even a semblance of a plot. And there's a terrible enforced dance ending. It's generally true in movies that aren't musicals that, at the end, if all the director/writer can do is have them get up and dance, something is very wrong. The only thing that saves it at all is Gerwig's performance, which is pitch perfect. The others go nowhere, and no one cares.

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