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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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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)

Directed by
Whit Stillman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Whit Stillman  screenplay

Produced by
Charlie Dibe .... co-producer
Liz Glotzer .... producer
Jacob Jaffke .... line producer
Cecilia Kate Roque .... consulting producer
Martin Shafer .... producer
Whit Stillman .... producer
Alicia Van Couvering .... consulting producer
Original Music by
Adam Schlesinger 
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 Zuppardi .... production supervisor (as Joanna Lara)
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 Bloome .... foley artist (as Leslie Bloom)
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 .... 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
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
Location Management
Chris Carmody .... assistant location manager
Christopher Menges .... location manager
Vanessa Lee Rodd .... location scout
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
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
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
99 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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 »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
Thor:[Looking out on the rainy day] Would you say today is *very* gray?
Jimbo:More like blue-gray
Thor:[to himself] Damn!
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Movie Connections:
References My Life to Live (1962)See more »
The Sambola! International Dance CrazeSee more »


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43 out of 60 people found the following review useful.
Delightful, quirky, intelligent fun, 9 February 2012
Author: charlie-schlangen from United States

It's clear that some reviewers "got" this film and some didn't. As always, Stillman delivers with marvelous, laugh-out-loud funny dialogue. This is so rare that that that virtue alone sets it apart from the majority of the drivel that passes for conversation in movie scripts these days. You can't tell me that there aren't some one-liners in there that you hear and just *wish* you could have uttered yourself if only you'd had the wit (Whit?).

The characters are all flawed, some lovably so, some not--just like life. You're not meant to like all of them, and it's part of the subtle, social observation of which Stillman is capable that the unlikable characters are not always immediately unlikable. Some characters learn from their mistakes and misperceptions, some do not. Again, like life.

The thing that is so winsome about Stillman's movies is that virtue always triumphs. There is a sweetness to his choice that the good always eclipses the bad. It's almost heart-achingly sweet, because we know that that is not how things usually work out, and yet you find yourself rooting for these flawed, quirky, sometimes idiotic characters to get out of their own way and allow their better natures to win the day. I've wondered for a long time about the central role of dancing in his movies, and maybe it's that when you're dancing, it's hard to do much else, and you become one with music, rhythm, and your dance partner(s). Perhaps that's what he wants for his characters--to use dance as a vehicle to get out of their own way and lead a happier, less complicated, less tortured existence.

My favorite of his movies will always be "Metropolitan," but this is an excellent new addition to his oeuvre. We've been waiting for "the new one" for a while, and now that it's here I find it a sheer delight.

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