In writer-director Noah Baumbach's, MISTRESS AMERICA, Tracy (Lola Kirke) is a lonely college freshman in New York, having neither the exciting university experience nor the glamorous metropolitan lifestyle she envisioned. But when she is taken in by her soon-to-be stepsister, Brooke (Greta Gerwig) – a proud resident of Times Square and adventurous gal about town – she is rescued from her disappointment and seduced by Brooke's alluringly mad schemes. This modern screwball comedy is about dream-chasing and score-settling, make-shift families and cat stealing.
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Mistress America isn't a deep psychological examination of women's friendships. First and foremost, it's a comedy, and it's simply hilarious.
"Mistress America" is comedy at its best - thoughtful and real while consistently riotous.
Mistress America is not a new comic-book movie, although Greta Gerwig, who stars, has a kind of stand-tall, hands-on-hips superhero vibe about her.
I can't think of a filmmaker more focused on the foibles of female relationships than Baumbach. He never sidesteps the issue.
Gerwig pulls off an incredible trick: Somehow, she makes an inherently unlikable character, likable. It's one of the year's most intriguing and unmissable performances, and it confirms that Gerwig is among the brightest talents on the cinema scene.
Astute, bittersweet, funny, and needed a better ending.
With Gerwig, you worry that she seems to be winging it -- until you realize that she also knows how to fly.