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Damsels in Distress (2011)

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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 »

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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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26 April 2012 (New Zealand)  »

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Violet Wister's Damsels in Distress  »

Box Office

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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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Trivia

It took Whit Stillman a year to write the first 23 pages. See more »

Goofs

Frank insists his eyes can't be blue since not everything he sees is blue, not knowing that light enters through a hole in each blue iris. See more »

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Priss: [Crying] He used to gaze at me with such love in his eyes. Know what I mean?
Violet: No. No, I've never actually seen that.
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The spelling of 'doufi' is non-standard, but preferred. See more »

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References Stolen Kisses (1968) See more »

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Small Town Saturday Night
Performed by Hal Ketchum
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Alternative "comedy" not for mainstream sensibilities
9 February 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I believe this movie successfully achieves it's goal of satirizing the young college-age intellectual (or asinine, as the case may be) mindset. The main characters ceaselessly spout all manner of opinions, generally in the guise of bettering the world and others, but their presentation is nothing short of self-congratulatory. Like many young adults, they are convinced their thoughts and actions are worthwhile, if not ground-breaking (international dance craze, anyone?).

This movie is definitely not for everyone. You have to be willing to be carried along by it, and I expect many people give up on it due to the absurdity of the characters. What this movies does have to offer is a palpable affection for the human condition and some really excellent performances, particularly by Greta Gerwig in her lead role as Violet.

If you like this movie, check out "Year of the Dog," which is similarly non-mainstream and somewhat edgier/better.


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