While some lucky filles got the chance to see Mistress America back at Sundance, four other filles (Emily Gagne, Sarah Khan, Lauren Nisbet and Lindsay Ulrich) got their first glimpse at this lively piece of girl friendship cinema this past week, when they attended a pre-release screening in Toronto. Although all four women left the theatre itching to write reviews of the film, written and co-starring our eternal fave Greta Gerwig, they decided to do a GIMME FIVE on the film instead, each contributing their own favourite things about this magical little movie.
See Emily, Sarah, Lauren and Lindsay’s individual picks (and DETAILS ON HOW YOU CAN WIN TIX TO SEE THE FILM IN VANCOUVER!) below!
The remarkable Lola Kirke
Yeah, she’s the sibling of Jemima Kirke, whom you may or may not like on Girls. But she’s so different from her sister, methinks, in this role. Effortlessly awkward in that charming, oh-she’s-legit kind of way (and here we thought this was an art only Greta could perfect!), Lola is instantly relatable as our lead character, Tracy. She’s so relatable, like a carbon copy of you as an uncomfortable, but curious college freshman, it’s easy to forget she was that awful girl who stole Amy’s money in Gone Girl. – Emily
Girl friendship love story awesomeness
Too rarely do we get the chance to see the truest form of love on screen: that of two straight women who fall into deep friendship love with each other. You know, when you meet someone who just makes everything better and gives you exactly what you need in your life in the exact moment when you need it most. The ups and downs of this relationship—the crazy night out, the support in times of need, the fights, the frustrations, the perfectly balanced dynamic—this is the love story we don’t see enough. And it’s perfect, to the point where when Tracy cries into her mother’s arms about going through a break-up there’s no explanation necessary. We get it. Girlfriend love is real, and this is what it looks like. – Lauren
Non-stop, always winning, on-point dialogue
Rarely does a movie have dialogue that is clever, witty, intelligent and relevant all at once, but you have it here in abundance. With sassy one-liners to creative reactions which are almost always delivered in a high speed, Gilmore Girls-esque manner, the dialogue in this movie is the sort that will make you smile, make you guffaw, make you think and make you emote the gamut of feels. You’ll need to watch and then re-watch this movie because you’ll inevitably find new gems with every viewing. And the fact that it’s mainly women delivering these spectacular words, co-written by Greta, shows that woman are totally also able to rule a movie just by being intellectual, funny and smart, instead of just being traditionally sexy. – Sarah
The modern slapstick
This film has an amazing secondary ensemble cast that delivers the comedic goods. When Tracy, Brooke and their rogue posse take a road trip to the home of Brooke’s ex-friend (and arch-nemesis) to ask for a favour, things get wacky! The scene builds to a climax that is kooky slapstick at its finest. Stolen fiancés, stolen cats, Derrida-reading pregnancy book clubs, and foiled seduction attempts, all delivered with a nod to the classic screwballs of yore. – Lindsay
It’s just straight up Greta being Greta
Suffice to say, we all left the screening worshipping Ms. Gerwig in the same way Tracy does. She’s effortlessly charming as Brooke, but not in a way that takes away from Kirke and her own journey as Tracy. If Greta is this supportive of her co-workers when simply acting and co-writing a film, imagine how she’s going to be as a director! (P.S. – ICYMI: Greta is set to direct her first feature, Lady Bird!) – Emily
CONTEST: Mistress America advanced screening
We’re giving away 10 sets of double passes to see Mistress America in Vancouver on Wednesday, August 26! Find out how to enter below!
- Follow Cinefilles on Twitter (@cinefilles) and RT the pinned tweet featuring Mistress America and the above photo.
All winners will be notified via DM by Monday, August 24.