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Mistress America (2015)

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A lonely college freshman's life is turned upside-down by her impetuous, adventurous stepsister-to-be.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Tracy
... Ruth
Shelby Rebecca Wong ... Laura
Alfred Macadam ... Professor #1
Amy Warren ... Counselor
... Professor #2
... Student
... Hallway Girl
... Hallway Girl (as Shoba Narayanan)
... Tracy's Mom
... Nicolette
... Tony
Colin Stokes ... Mobius Guy
... Tiny Girl
Gretchen Young ... Work Study Woman
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Tracy, a lonely college freshman in New York, is rescued from her solitude by her soon-to-be stepsister Brooke, an adventurous gal about town who entangles her in alluringly mad schemes. Mistress America is a comedy about dream-chasing, score-settling, makeshift families, and cat-stealing.

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from strangers to sisters.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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4 September 2015 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$234,275, 21 August 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,461,121, 4 October 2015
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The Brooklyn-based band Dirty Projectors makes a cameo as the band Brooke sings with on Tracy and Brooke's first night out. See more »

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When Brooke's former high school classmate Anna Wheeler approaches Brooke and Tracy in the bar, Anna mentions that she and her husband have recently seen the play Other Desert Cities, which began previews at the Booth Theatre on October 12, 2011 and closed on June 17, 2012. If the film occurs during Tracy's first semester of college and culminates with Thanksgiving dinner with Brooke at Veselka, then the film would occur in fall 2011. However, when the would-be stepsisters walk through Times Square, a marquee for the revival of Annie is visible. The most recent Broadway revival ran at the Palace Theatre from October 3, 2012 (first preview) to January 5, 2014. See more »

Quotes

Brooke: I think I'm sick, and I don't know if my ailment has a name. It's just me sitting and staring at the internet or the television for long periods of time, interspersed by trying to not do that and then lying about what I've been doing. And then I'll get so excited about something that the excitement overwhelms me and I can't sleep or do anything and I just am in love with everything but can't figure out how to make myself work in the world.
Tracy: I think I have that too.
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Soundtracks

All That She Wants
Written by Corey Gibson, Linn Berggren (as Malin Berggren), Ulf Ekberg, Justin Franks, Brittany Scriven, Joker, Jonas Berggren, Jenny Berggren
Performed by Ace of Base
Courtesy of Playground Music Scandanavia
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"Mistress" Misses
21 August 2015 | by See all my reviews

I'm a big Noah Baumbach fan. He is completely able to come up with clever, simple, original ideas and make a usually great movie out of them; but to my dismay, Baumbach's "Mistress America" is a bit of a miss.

The story was very nice, but the writing's cheap/obvious execution ruins it. There is a famous saying that originates from Anton Chekhov that is commonly used in film schools: "show don't tell." This picture breaks that simple saying in almost all of its lines, as characters will just randomly blurt out how they feel - all while keeping a neutral look on their face.

Baumbach has also made a living out of his quick wit and intellectual humor, but unfortunately in "Mistress America," he decided to throw intellect out the window.

There are a few redeeming factors: its Woody Allen-esque use of camera-work, fitting choice of music, and easy to like characters.

Though it doesn't live up to his previous films, "Mistress America" should be watched by Baumbach fans. If you don't like him, you won't like this; and if you haven't seen his other work, I recommend you watch that instead.


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