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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Violet
... Heather
... Rose
... Lily
... Frank
... Jimbo
... Priss
... Rick DeWolfe
... Complainer Student
Nick Blaemire ... Freak Astaire
... Depressed Debbie
... Xavier
... Alice
... Barman
... 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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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  »

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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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Trivia

Numerous characters are named after flowers. See more »

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A rainbow is seen in the sky with light falling onto the trees from the right, but when looking at a rainbow the sun is always behind you. See more »

Quotes

Violet: We get a lot of students coming to the center pretending to be depressed to get the donuts.
Rose: Confidence tricksters!
Violet: Yes, it's really bad, really cynical. And we made a pledge the donut company that we would only give the donuts to students who were depressed, suicidal or otherwise nutty. We're a non-profit, so the rules are pretty strict.
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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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Featured in Maltin on Movies: Damsels in Distress (2012) See more »

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Another Night
Written by Frank Hassas (as Quickmix), Jurgen Wind, Bobby Orlando & Olaf Jeglitza
Performed by Real McCoy
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It's kind of like
14 November 2012 | by See all my reviews

Mean Girls' older sister that went to college, got an awesome biting, dry sense or humor; and got some wicked analytical skills to go along with it. This was just such an adorable and intelligent movie, both extolling the virtues of the undergrad experience while simultaneously panning it. At first, the movie may lose you with its irreverent randomness and quirkiness. Personally, I recommend at least one re-watch, to which it will become more clear and you'll be able to appreciate it more. This movie is one of those movies that has near unlimited replay value so that should be quite easy to do. Although nearly everyone was perfect in their roles, Greta Gerwig as Violet stands out. She's just pseudo deep in a sarcastic spirit that is tough to pull off while acting. The male characters are well done also but play in the background, which is actually kind of refreshing since many movies like this fall victim to sexism, or at least "boy craziness" of the presumably straight female characters. Overall, bravo, brava for this example of a deep, "slow-moving" comedy aimed at us young folk... not many like it these days.


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