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Based on the trailer, I was worried the main character would be a manic-pixie-dream type, but really she alternates between endearing goofball and frustrating fuck-up. The central relationship is between Frances and her best friend, which is refreshing - the movie passes the Bechdel test with flying colors. Greta Gerwig, who plays Frances, also co-wrote the screenplay with Noah Baumbach (of The Squid and the Whale). Overall, the movie is witty, occasionally hilarious, and will leave you in a good mood.

One problem is that it's yet another story about privileged white people in NYC, but that privilege is also critiqued within the movie, so it didn't turn me off. It's hard not to compare it to GIRLS because of that aspect, the focus on female friendships, and the presence of Adam Driver, so...I'd say Frances is who Hannah might be 5 years in the future when she finally has to face reality and grow up. She's definitely not as terrible as Hannah, so don't let the comparison stop you from watching this movie if you're a GIRLS-hater.


Have any of you seen it? What did you think?

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