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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.

Director:

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 ... 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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Taglines:

For these girls... it's not what you learn, it's whom you educate. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,007,535, 19 August 2012
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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

A rainbow is seen in the sky with light falling onto the trees from the right, but when looking at a rainbow the sun is always behind you. See more »

Quotes

Violet: [about their college] There's enough material here for a lifetime of social work.
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Crazy Credits

Prerolls have credits of leads as "the damsels" for females and "their distresses" for males. 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 Stolen Kisses (1968) See more »

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Hollow Willow
Written by Sonny Tan
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Alternative "comedy" not for mainstream sensibilities
9 February 2013 | by valinvancouverSee all my reviews

I believe this movie successfully achieves it's goal of satirizing the young college-age intellectual (or asinine, as the case may be) mindset. The main characters ceaselessly spout all manner of opinions, generally in the guise of bettering the world and others, but their presentation is nothing short of self-congratulatory. Like many young adults, they are convinced their thoughts and actions are worthwhile, if not ground-breaking (international dance craze, anyone?).

This movie is definitely not for everyone. You have to be willing to be carried along by it, and I expect many people give up on it due to the absurdity of the characters. What this movies does have to offer is a palpable affection for the human condition and some really excellent performances, particularly by Greta Gerwig in her lead role as Violet.

If you like this movie, check out "Year of the Dog," which is similarly non-mainstream and somewhat edgier/better.


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