This is a great movie experience. Feeling trapped in her college freshman year experience, Tracy calls and visits her soon-to-be sister Brooke. Their parents are about to get married. Tracy becomes more confident and self-assured during the course of her interaction with the lively Brooke. But even though Brooke is Tracy's inspiration, Brooke has not found a way to successfully live her own life.The movie has so much more richness and depth than its basic plot. The other characters are very well drawn, and include Tony, a college buddy who relates to Tracy's loser self; Tony's <more>
comically possessive girlfriend, Nicolette; Brooke's old boyfriend Dylan, who is excited by Brooke's passion but understands her fundamental limitations, and Dylan's wife Mamie Claire, who was once Brooke's close friend and feels threatened by Brooke on multiple levels. Even minor characters play an important role: Someone who only knew Brooke in middle school and approaches her at a restaurant, providing piercing insight into Brooke's flawed psyche; Mamie Claire's pregnant visitor, who, like a member of a Greek chorus, observes and comments on the proceedings. Throughout the movie, lines zing by to reinforce the movie's themes, like Tracy saying in a voice over that Brooke "has a face that makes you feel more pretty." That is, Tracy feels better and actually becomes better being around Brooke.When tutoring Algebra, Brooke says "x can be anything, you can't pin it down," revealing as much about herself as about the properties of x.
"Mistress America" is the "I Love Lucy" of the 21st Century! (by tangojazz)
Yes, that's right! That's what i said. "Mistress America" is the "I Love Lucy" for the 21st century. Greta Gerwig Brooke as Lucy and Lola Kirke Tracy as Ethel are the two goofy friends getting into all sorts of trouble without thinking things through, much like "Lucy" and "Ethel". Except for one thing. Brooke and Tracy, as Lucy and Ethel's grandchildren, have inherited the psychological self awareness of Ram Dass, Timothy Leary, Wayne Dyer, and countless other gurus of analysis."Mistress America" is a psychological drama comedy <more>
where all the characters are "aware" that they are "aware" of what they are doing and what they are thinking all the time, and they say it. Take for example when a spiritual guru advises Brooke to settle a score with an old classmate. Brooke goes to confront her the classmate, who is now married to her former boyfriend. What follows is a cross between an "Encounter" group and comedy sketch between them and several other people, who mostly all reveal their subconscious motives. If you have ever been to a therapist or attended a self-help group, you will understand this movie.
Excellent acting and excellent writing make this an excellent film (by aa3636)
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 <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.
I thought this was a very good comedy, and very much in the spirit of Noah's other comedy oriented films; probably his funniest to date. Many funny lines. It carries insightful truths within it, but to me, reviewers who miss that this is a comedy, are missing the boat. But its a comedy that doesn't wait around for the viewer to catch up. In fact, I laughed more the second time I saw it because of the subtlety of the humor. The main characters have complexity, and the frosh college students actually act like college students. The central character, played beautifully by Greta Gerwig, <more>
captures a kind of person that very much exists in the world and is a very vibrant, paradoxical kind of person. She's a person you won't soon forget.
Another bull's eye for Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig (by paul-allaer)
"Mistress America" 2015 release; 84 min. brings the story of Brooke played by Greta Gerwig and Tracy played by Lola Kirke , whose respective dad and mom are about to marry, making them 'sisters-to-be'. As the movie opens, we see Tracy starting college, and not adjusting very well. After some urging from here mom, Tracy finally connects with Brooke, a 30 yr. old single woman who seemingly has it all, or at least a whole lot. Her latest venture is to start a 'neighborhood restaurant' that combines eating, clothes-shopping and hanging out, but Brooke needs <more>
investors to put up the start-up funds. At this point we're not even 15 min. into the movie but to tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.Couple of comments: a couple of years ago, Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig teamed up for a comedy-drama called "Frances Ha", which I thought was one of the very best movies of that year. Baumbach and Gerwig also partners in real life now come back with a new slice of life in New York. Baumbach and Gerwig co-wrote the film, with Baunbach also directing and of course Gerwig in the lead role. As you see some of the scenes, you cannot help but think back how this team reminds you of the Woody Allen-Diane Keaton screwball comedies from the 1970s. Same type of vibe, and so easy to watch and enjoy. But wait! there is so much more! Lola Kirke as the 18 yr. old Tracy is nothing short of a revelation, and she almost but just not quite steals the movie from Gerwig. Tidbit of trivia: Lola Kirke is the daughter of Simon Kirke, the erstwhile drummer in Bad Company, and Free before that. The interaction between Gerwig and Krike is what carries this movie into excellence Tracy, commenting to Brooke: "I am so impressed, and so worried, by you. The writing is crisp, and being at just under an hour and a half, the movie flies by in no time. Frankly, I was not ready to say goodbye to these characters! Please note that the music is top notch, both the musical score from Dean & Britta, as well as the song placements throughout the movie.The movie finally opened this past weekend, and I couldn't wait to check it out. The early evening screening where I saw this at was attended nicely, although I had expected an even larger crowd, to be honest. IF you liked "Frances Ha", you absolutely will love this one too. For those that didn't see "Frances Ha" and/or are on the fence about checking out "Mistress America", I would strongly encourage you to take a chance on this. I think that more likely than not, you will come away from this with a smile on your face. "Mistress America" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Mistress America: A surreal, strange, slice of life unlike any other (by steven-leibson)
Taking place in New York City about now, "Mistress America" focuses on the life of Tracy who is a freshman in college. She aspires to be a writer—easy to tell because she's aloof, detached, alone, and looking for friends. Her mom's getting remarried so Tracy has an older sister-to-be in Brooke, one of those cinematic forces of nature like a young Katherine Hepburn, perhaps. Brooke takes Tracy into her life of late-night concert performances, high-output spinning, fashion, finance, clandestine apartments, absent lovers, and a nascent restaurant business. In many ways, this <more>
is a buddy movie as Tracy learns fierce independence from Brooke, who she greatly admires.Like all buddy movies, Tracy's and Brooke's relationship has ups and downs, complicated by the literary understory. Then the whirlwind pace goes surreal as the New Yorkers head to Greenwich, Connecticut in search of—something. We think it's one thing but it's not. I guess Greenwich, seat of the uber wealthy in the US financial arena, is actually a surreal place.This is an intensely witty movie with a very chewy script handled ably by the very smart cast. Many call "Mistress America" a comedy but funny is clearly not this movie's main goal. To call it a "screwball comedy" is to not properly describe its intellect. The movie is saying something about envying the lives of others, which most of us do to one extent or another. It's a thoughtful movie, and it will be uncomfortable for some to watch if you, like Tracy, are not centered within your own mind and body. And after all, who is?We saw this movie thanks to the San Jose Camera Cinema Club.
Not many people have the hutzpah to release two films in one year, let alone two decent ones. Writer / director Baumbach, whose previous 2015 film While We're Young was a nice little comedy surprise, has done it with the release of Mistress America. Still very much focused on his obsession in aging, we are given an expansion of his fixation, encouraging aging somewhat cautiously but never terrified. Even MA's frazzled focus and hipster tendencies only help to propel the fantastically recognizable humor and assured tone that abounds. That comedy and spirit extend from a pair of <more>
soon-to-be step-sisters navigating college, career and friendship within the frantic walls of NYC. The movie's unique rhythm takes a minute to fall into, as the dialogue has one foot in funny naturalism and one in surreal absurdity. However, once you find its groove, the jokes are so shockingly consistent you end up holding back laughs in order to catch everything within its rapid-fire screwball discourse. Underneath its quick repartee, Baumbach manages to say so much with so little, showing a cracked phone screen or nonchalantly passing a couple holding hands to portray little character details. Those characters are wonderfully colorful, Gerwig and Kirke managing anxiety, authenticity, and charm in equal measures. The internal angst of humans is a recurring motif for Baumbach, a clear descendant of Woody Allen. These people and their speech are so literary it could maybe annoy, but it so worked on me I could've spent this entire review just writing down one-liners that I loved. If you're looking for dry yet warm character-and-dialogue-driven comedy, don't miss Mistress America.
For those who saw Frances Ha, the film's overall writing style and pacing will not be a surprise. Saying that however, it doesn't overdo the "cleverness" in the same way Frances Ha did, and overall it kind of works better. Greta Gerwig has never been better. She really steals every second of her screen time and is really just such a marvel to watch. She infuses her own acting style to this in a different way, so it doesn't really feel like any of her other characters. The whole cast here is aces, and it leads to such a great work from the entire ensemble at Mimi <more>
Rose's house. I definitely recommend this. It's fast and it's a marvel to watch the characters say the dialogue in such a fun, quick way.