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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

Opening Weekend:

$58,589 (USA) (8 April 2012)

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$1,007,535 (USA) (19 August 2012)
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Early in the movie a there's a sign hanging in the Suicide Prevention Center that reads "Come on, it's not that bad". Later in the movie there is a doughnut shaped sign reading "the Donuts are reserved for the suicidal and clinically depressed" See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Rose: [about Roberts Hall] Suicidal Ed. students have been going to the roof and throwing themselves off.
Violet: But it's only two stories.
Rose: Yes I know, it's horrible. Not high enough enough to kill, but high enough to maim. And particularly dangerous for the people below.
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Crazy Credits

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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References Lola Montès (1955) See more »

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The Sambola! International Dance Craze
Written by Lou Christie, Michael A. Levine and Mark Suozzo
Performed by Jeff Young and the World Sambola Chorus
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Not a movie for dumb people, it's droll in the best sense of the word
29 December 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Fantastic little gem, and come back film from writer/director Whit Stillman. It's not as ambitious in scope as his previous films, but the writing is as sharp as ever, and all the actresses are phenomenal.

For the uninitiated, this a dialogue driven film. The humor is all deadpan and dry, not to mention quirky as hell. As always Stillman tackles very human issues within the confines of a very specific environment, with very specific characters, most people will never encounter. That's part of what makes his movies so special, that they can be so offbeat yet be anyone can relate to them, if they are open to it.

This is the kind of film that many people will either dismiss as boring, those in this camp I have no use for, or pretentious, those in this camp, I understand, but that's the appeal.

Give it a shot and let the dialogue wash over your, just don't expect a typical plot.


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