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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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Whit Stillman

Writer:

Whit Stillman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Nick Blaemire ... Freak Astaire
Aubrey Plaza ... Depressed Debbie
Hugo Becker ... Xavier
Meredith Hagner ... Alice
Joe Coots ... Barman
Adam Brody ... Fred Packenstacker / Charlie Walker
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Storyline

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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Help them this spring. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 2012 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

Violet Wister's Damsels in Distress See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$58,589, 8 April 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,007,535, 19 August 2012
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Westerly Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

Violet: Rose has a very sensitive nose. Have you heard of "nasal shock syndrome?" Any harsh, acrid, or just "disgusting" odor sends Rose into nasal shock
Rose: This wasn't true nasal shock. Had it been, I'd've lost consciousness entirely.
Lily: Just from some b.o.?
Violet: "Just some b.o .?" Omigod, Lily, you must have a very high threshold for pain! That'll serve you well here at Seven Oaks!
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References A Damsel in Distress (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Annabel Lee (Mercy)
Music by Mark Suozzo
Words by Mark Suozzo (as Suozzo) & Whit Stillman (as Stillman)
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Not a movie for dumb people, it's droll in the best sense of the word
29 December 2015 | by fistamamanbushSee 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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