Mistress America Movie Review
Mistress America has Greta Gerwig flexing her acting muscles as a raucous 30-something desperately trying to hold onto a partying lifestyle that is leaving her in the dust, and the audience benefits tremendously.
A highly entertaining indie drama-comedy that relies heavily on its script and actors, Mistress America is among the better movies of the year. It's not a dramatic knockout even though you can tell it sort of wants to be, but it's fast paced, well-acted and superbly written.
Charming and engaging in all the right ways, the movie features great performances by both lead Lola Kirke and Gerwig. Matthew Shear is also terrific in a supporting role.
If you like Noah Bambauch’s other movies (The Squid and the Whale, Greenberg), you’ll likely adore Mistress America, but even if you don't know who he is, you'll discover the movie is an accessible, entertaining and fun little drama that deserves to be watched.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.