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Whit Stillman (screenplay)
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26 April 2012 (New Zealand) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Greta Gerwig ... Violet

Carrie MacLemore ... Heather

Megalyn Echikunwoke ... Rose

Analeigh Tipton ... Lily

Ryan Metcalf ... Frank

Jermaine Crawford ... Jimbo

Caitlin FitzGerald ... Priss

Zach Woods ... Rick DeWolfe

Domenico D'Ippolito ... Complainer Student

Nick Blaemire ... Freak Astaire

Aubrey Plaza ... Depressed Debbie

Hugo Becker ... Xavier

Meredith Hagner ... Alice

Joe Coots ... Barman

Adam Brody ... Fred Packenstacker / Charlie Walker

Billy Magnussen ... Thor
Cortez Nance Jr. ... Groundskeeper

Aja Naomi King ... Positive Polly

Jordanna Drazin ... Emily Tweeter
Madison Cerniglia ... Classmate 1
Veronica Mu ... Classmate 2

Laila Drew ... Young Rose
Carolyn Farina ... At the diner: Carolina Antonucci

Shinnerrie Jackson ... Sharise
Gerron Atkinson ... Sincere Highway Worker

Jonnie Brown ... Fresh Highway Worker (as Jonnie Louis Brown)
Shawn Williams ... Campus Cop

Doug Yasuda ... Professor Ryan

Todd Bartels ... Charlie's Friend 1
Max Lodge ... ALA Pamphlet Guy
Bryce Burke ... Gladiator

Jared Burke ... Cary (Jumper)
Clare Halpine ... Cary's Girlfriend

Alia Shawkat ... Mad Madge

Colleen Dengel ... Seminar Cynthia

Taylor Nichols ... Professor Black
Will Storie ... D.U. Brother (hygiene)

Chris Angerman ... D.U. Brother (boots)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Molly Cerne ... Featured Dancer (uncredited)

Sheena Colette ... Sorority Girl (uncredited)
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Directed by
Whit Stillman 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Whit Stillman  screenplay

Produced by
Charlie Dibe .... co-producer
Jacob Jaffke .... line producer
Cecilia Kate Roque .... consulting producer
Whit Stillman .... producer
Alicia Van Couvering .... consulting producer
 
Original Music by
Mark Suozzo 
 
Cinematography by
Doug Emmett 
 
Film Editing by
Andrew Hafitz 
 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Anya Colloff 
Amy McIntyre Britt 
Paul Schnee 
 
Production Design by
Elizabeth J. Jones 
 
Art Direction by
Brian Goodwin 
 
Set Decoration by
Emmanuelle Hoessly 
 
Costume Design by
Ciera Wells 
 
Makeup Department
Ivy Ermert .... makeup artist
Satoko Ichinose .... hair department head
Jessica Jade Jacob .... makeup artist
Betsy Kelly .... hair stylist
Maia Kern .... makeup artist
Krystle Poulin .... makeup artist
Anouck Sullivan .... makeup department head
Jessica Toth .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jacob Jaffke .... unit production manager
Joanna Lara .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eric Berkal .... additional first assistant director
Daniel Lugo .... second second assistant director
Curtis Smith .... first assistant director
Melinda Ziyadat .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Gideon Ang .... set dresser
Eric Burritt .... art intern
Micaela Carolan .... scenic
Mia Cioffi Henry .... on-set dresser
Miranda Hill .... art department intern
Zosia Mackenzie .... assistant property master
Alison-Violet Mount .... set dresser
Catharine Navarro .... art department intern
Nancy Spittle .... leadman
Joanna Tillman .... graphic artist
Grace Yun .... property master
 
Sound Department
Andrea Bella .... sound effects editor
Leslie Bloom .... foley artist
Lucas Cantor .... additional music engineering
Chris Davis .... foley editor
Perry Levy .... adr recordist
Lane McGiboney .... adr recordist
Eric Milano .... adr editor
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
Branka Mrkic .... dialogue editor
Tom Paul .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Paul .... supervising sound editor
Carl Shillito .... foley mixer
Michael Sterkin .... sound mixer
Steven Tollen .... sound executive producer
Dmitry Volovik .... boom operator
 
Visual Effects by
Andrew J. Bly .... visual effects producer: The Molecule
Daniel Cohen .... visual effects producer
Luke DiTommaso .... visual effects supervisor: The Molecule
Mark Scott Friedman .... compositing supervisor
Brian Houlihan .... digital compositor
Erin W. Nash .... digital compositor
Joshua Sacavage .... visual effects coordinator
 
Stunts
Bryce Burke .... stunts
Jared Burke .... stunts
Chad Hessler .... stunt performer
Asa Liebmann .... stunt performer
Kevin Rogers .... stunt performer
Anthony Vincent .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
T.J. Alston .... gaffer
Patrick Doherty .... best boy grip
Bruce Jones .... electrician
Joseph Joyce .... second assistant camera
Sabrina Lantos .... still photographer
Justin LaValley .... additional grip
Sarah Marikar .... additional grip & electric
Peter Milmoe .... electrician
Oliver Ogden .... additional swing
John Shim .... key grip
Johnny Sousa .... first assistant camera
Justin Suriano .... grip
Matthew Szczerbienski .... data loader
Lyon Taylor .... company grip/electric swing
Matt Tomko .... best boy electric
Christopher Vidaic .... best boy grip
Brian Yost .... best boy grip
 
Casting Department
Rich Delia .... casting associate
Lori Eastside .... extras casting
Allison Estrin .... casting associate
Michael Fredlund .... casting assistant
Clare Halpine .... background casting assistant
Juliet Seniff .... casting associate: Los Angeles
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Krista Blomberg .... special fashions
Catherine Crabtree .... costume assistant
Eniola Dawodu .... costume assistant
Lana Ihil .... wardrobe intern
Carisa Kelly .... assistant costume designer
Haley Lieberman .... assistant costume designer
Alexandra Regazzoni .... wardrobe assistant
Megan Sanders .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Eric Burritt .... post-production assistant
Sophie Corra .... assistant editor
Chris Kenny .... colorist
Lance Spindler .... color timer
Pierce Varous .... digital intermediate producer
 
Music Department
Irwin Fisch .... orchestrator
Gabriel Hays .... music assistant
Agatha Kaspar .... music assistant
Lawrence Manchester .... score mixer
Annie Pearlman .... music supervisor
Robert Puff .... music librarian
Robert Puff .... music preparation
David Sabee .... music contractor
Adam Schlesinger .... music producer
Phil Servati .... music assistant
Stefan Karrer .... soundtrack album producer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Stephanie Blackwood .... production coordinator
Teddy Blanks .... title designer
Slater Brauns .... post production accountant
Dustin Bricker .... script supervisor
Anita Brooks .... office production intern
Chris Carmody .... assistant location manager
Yara Caubet .... production assistant
Justin Cerne .... choreographer
Cynthia Chou .... assistant production coordinator
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance
Ryan Dibeler .... locations intern
Kara Moon Dillon .... set production assistant
Brian DiLorenzo .... production office intern
Derek Jimenez .... set production assistant
Steven Julien .... production assistant
Tom Maloney .... key p/a
Burton May .... production assistant
Charlie McSpadden .... assistant to producer
Christopher Menges .... location manager
Vanessa Lee Rodd .... location scout
Rebecca Rojer .... assistant to director
John Seabright .... production assistant
Misha Turner .... production accountant
Reid Rosefelt .... publicist (uncredited)
 

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content including some sexual material
Runtime:
99 min
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Quotes:
Fred Packenstacker:Normally I'd be reluctant to comment on anyone's religion but...
Xavier:What?
Fred Packenstacker:I'm sorry, I guess I'm a bit a of bigot, but I could never take seriously a religion that worships on Tuesdays. All the major religions require worship on the weekend - Friday, Saturday or Sunday. I find it just really logical that people should sacrifice their weekend to worship god.
Xavier:Having the sabbath Tuesday always seemed very bizarre to me.
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The ALA pamphlet went right over my head. What is it supposed to stand for?
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14 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Could it be another acquired taste I have not yet fully acquired?, 26 September 2012
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States

Violet Wister (Greta Gerwig), Rose (Megalyn Echikunwoke), Heather (Carrie MacLemore), and Lily (Analeigh Tipton) have many things in common; they all talk with a smug tone and they attend the liberal arts school Seven Oaks, which seems to exist in its own little world. To be frank, it seems that Damsels in Distress has erected a world all its own, where pop culture doesn't exist and neither do Televisions, automobiles, or anything along the lines of utilities that we've become accustomed to today.

I love films that exist in the screenwriter's head. One of the more recent examples is Wes Anderson's majestic and enthusiastic Moonrise Kingdom, a film that appeared to have its own mindset and, within in it, its own set of characters, laws, rules, and agenda that it wanted to accomplish. Damsels in Distress isn't quite as majestic and enthusiastic. It's rather monotone, uninteresting, and groggy for the most part. What a shame since this is director Whit Stillman's return to film after a thirteen year hiatus.

The storyline concerns those four girls as they go about their lives at this preppy Ivy League school. One of the first things they do, after recruiting Lily, is recreate the school's "suicide prevention center" where they will use aroma therapy, donuts, and coffee in order to reassure students about their place in the world. Why? In the meantime, the girls began to get entangled romantically with men, from the sophisticated Charles (Adam Brody) to the absolute hunk Xavier (also called, "Zavier," played by Hugo Becker). These relationships seem innocuous but prove to be possibly lethal to the girl's unbreakable bond together and this is what, sort of, gets the film on its feet.

Damsels in Distress seems like a satire lost at sea. It's satirizing, or attempting to, Ivy League life and the strange quirks it possesses. The problem is it never fully gets a grip and forms an agenda on what it wants to parody. We get shells of characters who feel robotic and cold, only capable of saying a funny line but incapable of brewing characterization. The satirical element isn't that witty and neither is much of the film. This is more down the line of surrealism than satire.

Stillman greatly reminds me of the quirk-expert I explored earlier this past summer and the man I just mentioned not too long ago; Wes Anderson. Stillman seems to be completely capable of setting up a beautiful long shot, focusing on characters, and intimately capturing life's wonderful eccentricities. But he struggles in the same field Anderson struggled in with his two features, Bottle Rocket and Rushmore, respectively; he focuses so much on look and subtle beauty that he successfully undermines the storyline and the characters within it. Damsels in Distress concludes with a random song-and-dance number almost cementing the fact that there was no conceivable way to completely end this sort of story. It's choppy and inconsistent. But it all looks pretty.

Starring: Greta Gerwig, Adam Brody, Analeigh Tipton, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Carrie MacLemore, Hugo Becker, and Ryan Metcalf. Directed by: Whit Stillman.

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