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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

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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Untitled Public School Project  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The two stars are Greta Gerwig & Lola Kirke. Kirke played a character named Greta in the thriller Gone Girl (2014), while Gerwig played a character named Lola in the comedy Lola Versus (2012). See more »

Goofs

There is a scene that Tracy is walking on campus with lighted trees on the background. It is actually on the College Walk of Columbia University. And those trees will not be decorated with lights until mid December for the Christmas. But the story happens before Thanksgiving. See more »

Quotes

Tracy: I'm so impressed by you and so worried for you at the same time.
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Soundtracks

Happy & Free (Jim James Remix)
Written and performed by Dean Wareham
Courtesy of Double Feature Records
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Excellent acting and excellent writing make this an excellent film
21 December 2015 | by See all my reviews

There are several reasons why Mistress America may be considered a wonderful movie. It doesn't take itself too seriously, and has a very sophisticated sense of humour. The main actors all have exaggerated characters that always behave in certain ways (kind of like the cast in The Office) -- and the actors play these roles to perfection.

The writing and delivery of dialogue in the climax of the film is particularly amazing, with fast, witty exchanges filled with little jokes. Yet, the movie vacillates from hilarity to melancholy without warning the viewer, which makes the film all the more special.

The depiction of and commentary on NYC, youth, etc. is all spot on, making this movie worth the watch.

Finally, the soundtrack is excellent too, giving the movie a very alt/indie feel.

Many negative reviewers sadly fail to appreciate the sophisticated writing and humour, along with the truly wonderful job that the lead actors have done in this unpretentious flick.


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