TYF invites you and a guest to a special advance screening of Fox Searchlight’s MISTRESS AMERICA.
Wednesday, August 19 at 7:00pm at a Boston-area theatre.
To download a pass for you and a guest please visit www.foxsearchlightscreenings.com/TYF819.
Or FoxSearchlightScreenings.com and enter the code TYF819.
Tickets are complimentary but expected to go quickly as there are only a limited number available. Please arrive early as seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and is not guaranteed. This film is rated R. You must be 17 years of age or older to download a pass. No one under 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian. No purchase necessary.
Noah Baumbach’s latest film has already received some rave reviews throughout the festival circuit and after a disappointing turn with While We’re Young, hopefully his latest team up with Greta Gerwig will produce another winner along the lines of the exceptional Frances Ha.
To celebrate its release, make sure to look at the slideshow where I’ve listed some of my favorite movies about female friendship, which (disconcertingly enough) don’t seem to get the attention they deserve. (Obviously there are plenty I left off, such as Beaches, How to Make an American Quilt, Steel Magnolias, Fried Green Tomatoes, etc.)
MISTRESS AMERICA Opens in Select Boston Theatres on August 21.
Make sure to take a look at the trailer and official synopsis below!
Release: August 21, 2015
Directed by: Noah Baumbach
Written by: Noah Baumbach & Greta Gerwig
Produced by: Noah Baumbach, Scott Rudin, Lila Yacoub, Rodrigo Teixeira, Greta Gerwig
Cast: Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke
In 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 resident of Times Square and adventurous gal about town–she is rescued from her disappointment and seduced by Brooke’s alluringly mad schemes.
What better way to start things off than with Baumbach and Gerwig’s last collaboration, Frances Ha. The story’s focus is on a young woman’s inability to find a direct focus in her life (because you totally have to have everything figured out by your twenties, right…) and her feeling of “not being a real person yet” (few lines have spoken to me on such a personal level). The catalyst to this is largely her friends’ growing distance with her, and it’s almost too honest to watch. Feeling ill-equipped for life is natural, and seeing someone you’re close to adapt quicker than yourself is sometimes unsettling, especially when a distance grows. Frances Ha was one of best films of 2013 for many reasons, but the honest depictions of relationships as they age is one of its most integral assets.
Okay, so Chris O’Dowd is a babe, I’ll readily admit that, and he and Kristin Wiig share a sweet romantic chemistry in the film, but we all know that it was Annie’s relationship with Lillian (Maya Rudolph) that stood out. The film is hilarious, but it’s the emotional core between these two longtime friends that provide the heart of the film.
Friendship with a wicked side, The Craft is notable for its cult favorite status, but it works so well due to the leading ladies. While some may be more unhinged than others, and while their friendship isn’t remarkably stable, their group is the crux that the film builds itself on.
The majority of this underrated Australian gem is focused on the title character Muriel (Toni Collette) and her desire to be loved and her search for self-confidence. Deeply insecure at the start of the film, she only begins to break out of her shell once she meets the magnetic Rhonda (Rachel Griffiths). They’re kindred spirits, both lost in their own ways, and drawn to one another. Muriel is our protagonist, but both characters bring us through a deeply emotional ride, and what makes it all the sweeter is seeing them ride it out together.
Walking and Talking
This entire film is all about two friends who both must deal with their lives getting in the way of spending time with one another. Soulful, quiet, and honest in its depiction of women and how they converse, Walking and Talking is an expertly subtle look at friendship and one of director Nicole Holofcener’s best works to date.
I still stand by the fact that this film would have been better if the main romance had ended up between Ellen Page and Alia Shawkat, but regardless, the film’s message about female camaraderie is excellent. It’s all about a young woman looking to find a place for herself who along the way finds a group of women who support her, believe in her, and help her develop a sense of agency and confidence she hadn’t previously had.
But seriously, the chemistry between Shawkat and Page was outrageous.