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Damsels in Distress (2011)

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A trio of girls set out to change the male-dominated environment of the Seven Oaks college campus, and to rescue their fellow students from depression, grunge and low standards of every kind.

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Whit Stillman

Writer:

Whit Stillman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Greta Gerwig ... Violet
Carrie MacLemore ... Heather
Megalyn Echikunwoke ... Rose
Analeigh Tipton ... Lily
Ryan Metcalf ... Frank
Jermaine Crawford ... Jimbo
Caitlin FitzGerald ... Priss
Zach Woods ... Rick DeWolfe
Domenico D'Ippolito ... Complainer Student
Nick Blaemire Nick Blaemire ... Freak Astaire
Aubrey Plaza ... Depressed Debbie
Hugo Becker ... Xavier
Meredith Hagner ... Alice
Joe Coots Joe Coots ... Barman
Adam Brody ... Fred Packenstacker / Charlie Walker
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Storyline

Violet and her two cohorts attempt to help their "less-fortunate" students at Seven Oaks College - primarily by running a Suicide Prevention Centre and offering their off-beat advice whenever they get a chance. Violet's newest rescue is transfer student, Lily, and Violet wants to teach her how to talk and dress properly, and how to select appropriate men to be interested in. Along their way in helping everybody at the college, the damsels teach the fraternity doofi to hit the books, they get their hearts broken, but then attempt to start an international dance craze. Written by napierslogs

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content including some sexual material | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 2012 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

Violet Wister's Damsels in Distress See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$58,589, 8 April 2012

Gross USA:

$1,008,455

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,314,358
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Westerly Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

It took Whit Stillman a year to write the first 23 pages. See more »

Goofs

Frank insists his eyes can't be blue since not everything he sees is blue, not knowing that light enters through a hole in each blue iris. See more »

Quotes

Violet: I took the commuter train to Villa Franka and I checked into a cheap motel there.
Rose: The Motel Six?
Violet: No, the Motel 4. It's even less expensive.
Rose: The Motel 4, in Villa Franka? My god, you really were suicidal.
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Crazy Credits

Apologies to Johann Strauss Jr. - the Waltz James P. Johnson - the Charleston Ernest 'Chubby Checker' Evans - the Twist See more »

Alternate Versions

The BBFC in the UK originally classified the film with a 15 rating, but later classified a modified version of the film with a 12 rating, which had some of the stronger sexual references removed. See more »

Connections

References Vivre Sa Vie (1962) See more »

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Annabel Lee (Mercy)
Music by Mark Suozzo
Words by Mark Suozzo (as Suozzo) & Whit Stillman (as Stillman)
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A quiet little piece of cinema joy if you let it be!
10 October 2012 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'DAMSELS IN DISTRESS': Three and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

Quirky teen comedy-drama about three college girls who run a Suicide Prevention Centre and offer words of wisdom and advice to troubled new college students while also trying to deal with their own issues. It was written and directed by Whit Stillman (who also helmed the eccentric comedies 'THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO', 'BARCELONA' and 'METROPOLITAN'). It stars Greta Gerwig, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Carrie MacLemore, Analeigh Tipton and Adam Brody. The movie is pretty aimless and slow paced but it's also always amusingly strange and whimsical.

The story is set at an East Coast college named Seven Oaks where Violet (Gerwig), Rose (Echikunwoke) and Heather (MacLemore) attend. The college has a mostly male dominated tone, despite becoming coed several years earlier, and the women feel forced in to having to deal with brutish and dimwitted guys all the time. They run a Suicide Prevention Centre and are also constantly trying to recruit freshman girls in to their clique to educate them on the ways of the campus (as well as the world). This year's recruit is Lilly (Tipton). Lilly runs in to man troubles right away and the others try to help her deal with them while also dealing with their own.

The movie has no real direction or strong character objective. It just kind of follows these young girls around as they struggle with adapting to life. It's slow and will bore the hell out of some viewers but others will be quite entranced by it (and others somewhere in between). I found the dialogue to be quite witty and funny and I loved all of the performances. I also really enjoy how quirky and in love with individuality the film seems to be. To me that's a great message to send young viewers (if they actually see the film, it might have missed it's target audience). The movie is a quiet little piece of cinema joy if you let it be.

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