Mistress America

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"From Strangers to Sisters."
  • R
  • 2015
  • 1 hr 24 min
  • 6.7  (28,542)
  • 75

Mistress America is a witty and charming comedy-drama set in New York City directed by Noah Baumbach. The movie stars Greta Gerwig (who also co-wrote the screenplay with Baumbach) as Brooke, an energetic and self-absorbed 30-year-old woman who dreams of becoming a successful entrepreneur, and Lola Kirke as Tracy, an earnest 18-year-old college student who aspires to become a writer.

The story begins with Tracy, a lonely freshman at Barnard College, feeling disconnected from her classmates and struggling to find inspiration for her writing. She seeks solace in her mother’s former fiancé, a successful older writer, who invites her to attend a literary club meeting in which he is involved. There, she is introduced to Brooke, her soon-to-be stepsister, who immediately captivates Tracy with her charm and confidence.

Brooke, who lives in Times Square and works as a fitness instructor, is everything Tracy wishes she could be: stylish, outgoing, and full of life. Brooke takes Tracy on a whirlwind tour of the city, introducing her to her wild circle of friends and showing her the best places to eat, drink, and dance. Tracy feels like she has finally found someone who understands her and who can help her find her voice as a writer.

As Tracy spends more time with Brooke, she begins to see that her new stepsister’s life is not as perfect as it seems. Brooke is constantly hustling to make her dreams of opening a restaurant come true, but she is also drowning in debt and struggling to keep up with her fast-paced lifestyle. Tracy, meanwhile, is grappling with her own feelings of inadequacy and trying to figure out where she fits in the world.

As the two women bond, they also clash, and their relationship is put to the test when Brooke’s ex-boyfriend Dylan enters the picture. Dylan, who was Brooke’s former business partner, is now dating an old friend of hers, and he threatens to ruin her plans for a new restaurant. Brooke turns to Tracy for help, and the two embark on a frenzied mission to raise the money Brooke needs to save her dream.

Along the way, they encounter a cast of quirky characters, including a rich but clueless classmate of Tracy’s who becomes enamored with Brooke, a struggling playwright who invites Tracy to participate in his new play, and a philosophical doorman who offers sage advice on life and love.

Mistress America is a delightful and insightful movie that explores themes of identity, ambition, and modern relationships. The film’s humor is sharp and clever, and the performances by Gerwig and Kirke are superb. Gerwig, in particular, shines as Brooke, infusing her character with an infectious energy and vulnerability that makes her both endearing and frustrating.

Baumbach’s direction is assured and stylish, capturing the frenetic pace of New York City and the heady rush of being young and ambitious in the big city. The film’s ending is both satisfying and bittersweet, offering a hopeful glimpse into the future while acknowledging the complications and uncertainties of life.

Overall, Mistress America is a smart and entertaining movie that will leave audiences with a smile on their face and a renewed appreciation for the joys and challenges of navigating adulthood.

Mistress America is a 2015 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 24 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.7 and a MetaScore of 75.

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