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Damsels in Distress [DVD] [2012]

Greta Gerwig , Aubrey Plaza , Whit Stillman    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Greta Gerwig, Aubrey Plaza, Adam Brody, Analeigh Tipton
  • Directors: Whit Stillman
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Hindi, English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Aug 2012
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,379 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Writer-director Whit Stillman let more than a decade lapse between 1998's Last Days of Disco and 2012's Damsels in Distress. Happily, the Whit and wisdom (and slightly pixilated screwball style) did not diminish one iota during Stillman's layoff: Damsels is literate and daffy in equal measure. It's tempting to describe the movie's subject as Clueless-in-college, as it features a group of young women who share a very specific set of theories and rules about behaviour between the sexes. In particular, Violet (Greta Gerwig) and her sidekicks Rose (Megalyn Echikunwoke) and Heather (Carrie MacLemore) descend upon Lily (Analeigh Tipton), a newcomer at a tony Ivy League (or Ivy League-ish) university, with a mind toward "helping" the gawky--but by no means helpless, really--coed. Violet is full of curious ideas about men, which she delivers with full confidence, even though her theories don't play all that well in reality. Gerwig (from Greenberg and many indie titles) makes a meal of this role, her wide-eyed sincerity and deadpan drawl perfectly suited to Stillman's cheerfully stylised dialogue. In fact, the entire film takes place inside a sun-washed cocoon even more tightly knit than Stillman's previous movies; there's little hint of the real world here, just a comedy of manners closer to the universe of Oscar Wilde and Preston Sturges than the place you went to college. And yet some truths come along, which gives a tang to the wackiness. And now, everybody do the international dance craze known as the Sambola! --Robert Horton

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Damsels in Distress follows a trio of beautiful girls who set out to revolutionize life at a grungy East Coast College – the dynamic leader Violet Wister (Greta Gerwig), principled Rose (Megalyn Echikunwoke) and sexy Heather (Carrie MacLemore). They welcome transfer student Lily (Analeigh Tipton) into their group, which seeks to help severely depressed students with a program of good hygiene and musical dance numbers. The girls become romantically entangled with a series of men — including slick Charlie (Adam Brody), dreamboat Xavier (Hugo Becker) and the mad frat boys Frank (Ryan Metcalf) and Thor (Billy Magnussen)—who threaten the girls’ friendship and sanity...

Bonus Features
  • Commentary with Writer/Director Whit Stillman and Cast
  • Damsels in Distress: Behind the Scenes
  •  An Evening with Damsels in Distress: Q&A with Whit Stillman and Cast
  • Great Lotion

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Things are looking up ... " 23 Jan 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The problem with 'indie' films these days is that they have become as formulaic and predictable as Hollywood thrillers, but in a different way. Instead of helicopters, machine guns, Bruce Willis and a set of bad guys, you get a misfit protagonist, a dysfunctional family, a precocious kid, and a bit of drug-taking. That's why Whit Stillman's return to the cinemas is such a blessing. He's that rare thing: an independent filmmaker who really does have an independent voice, rather than merely copying others. His vision of the world is entirely unique. His trio of comedies -- Metropolitan, Barcelona, and The Last Days of Disco -- were among the best films of the 1990s. They were stand alone films, but a single theme united them: each mounted a defence of formal, old-fashioned values against the prevailing liberal orthodoxy.

Fourteen years later, he's still at it. Damsels in Distress is about a trio of girls, led by 'Violet' (Greta Gerwig), who are determined to introduce civility and cleanliness to their male-dominated college campus. They plan to do this with cookies, soap, and tap dancing. A more sceptical girl, Lily, joins their group; she questions their methods. So does the editor of the college newspaper. So does one of the tap-dancing girls they are trying to help. It then transpires that Violet does not have an unblemished history of sanity herself. Despite everything, will she and her friends manage to bring civilisation to the frat guys?

This is a great set up. Infuriatingly -- as also happened in Barcelona and The Last Days of Disco -- the film wanders away from this central premise and dwindles into a prolonged dating story. Who is going to pair off with whom? Will Violet end up with Pete, Frank, or Xavier? The fact is, we don't care: they all look identical anyway.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thouroughly enjoyable off beat film 12 Nov 2012
Quirky film about a group of girls and their attempts to fight depression at a campus university. A little off beat but the main characters are so wonderfully honest that you can't help agreeing with most of their views even though they initially appear a little bizarre. Tap dancing scenes as part of their recommended activities for fighting depression make for some amusing interludes in the film. It is not surprising that it is filmed in 28 days but the unpolished nature only adds to the charm of this film. I would strongly recommend it, it will take a while to get into but you will be enchanted by the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very unusual and Inventive film 4 July 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed this film. It is original, highly inventive and-especially for an american film-surprisingly and refreshingly intelligent! Well worth watching
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely 21 July 2013
By Elleppi
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Stillman's delicious return and best movie.
Miraculously, this youth seems real (also thanks to those wonderful actresses and the way they've been directed and scripted) and totally literary (hence much closer to Stillman's world and "age") at the same time.
Brilliantly unfolding along the thin line between high culture and snobism, between radical chic and intelligence, between realism and litterature, comedy and musical, improvisation and stage, this movie is a little gem.
Stillman has found his second youth
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5.0 out of 5 stars Witty and wonderful 20 Aug 2012
By e
Stillman is back and it's a welcome return. Charming and clever, it really hits all the right notes. Greta Gerwig is one to watch. Five stars.
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