Monday, January 16, 2017

Mistress America 2015

     Tracy Fishko is in her first semester attending college at Bernard in New York.  She doesn’t seem to be meeting anyone and has no friends.  Her divorced mother is getting remarried and her mother suggests that Tracy contact her soon to be stepsister Brooke.  At first, Tracy thinks this is a bad idea but then she thinks, what does she have to loose?  Tracy and Brooke become friends and Tracy wants to help Brooke get the money she needs to open a restaurant.  They travel to Connecticut to see if Brooke can get the money from Dylan.  Brook has a complicated history with Dylan and his wife Mamie-Claire.  Mamie-Claire stole Dylan from Brooke and she also took Brook’s idea for starting a t-shirt business.
     Meeting Brooke encourages Tracy to try harder to make friends and she decides to start a literary club.  She had joined the literary society but didn’t seem to be able to fit into this group.  There are a lot of funny moments in this film and also funny characters with different problems.  3 ½* (I liked this movie)

84 min, Comedy directed by Noah Baumback with Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke, Nat Baldwin, Michael Chernus, Cindy Cheung, Shana Dowdeswell, Kathryn Erbe, Clare Foley, Charlie Gillette.

Note:  Imdb 6.7 out of 10, 83% critic 66% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 3*, Amazon 3.4* out of 5* with 49 reviews.
Special Note:  This film premiered at Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2015.  Gerwig and Baumback collaborated on the writing of this film.  The hallway of the dorm where Tracy lives is the same hallway where Greta Gerwig lived when she attended Barnard.

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