There is alot to say about Damsels in Distress. It is not a movie that needs to be seen on the big screen, certainly, but one that fosters a lot of discussion and plenty of questions. A couple comments that struck me right after included, “what was that?” and, “I’m not sure that was a movie,” and “Does the director really like those girls, or really hate them?”
Something about the movie I am very sure about is that it is exceedingly refreshing. The characters are measured and smart in their conversations, they present thoughtful ideas about college life and growing up that are not solely based around sex and popularly. The trio of girls, which grows to a quartet and occasionally a quintet, relieve depression in others through pastries and dance, help dim-witted and unpopular boys feel better by dating them, and help out one another when it comes to figuring out males (their distress).
Be sure, however, the girls are pointed, but not mean. They disagree, but they don’t fight. The believability of the movie is what makes it particularly intriguing, though not at all dramatic. While what the girls say and do make for an interesting conversation, these are not necessarily characters that we care about for the most part. Some of the boys cause distress, while others make you simply scratch your head (the one who doesn’t know colours, the one who can’t spell), but the lives of the girls are not very difficult.
Gabe from The Office makes an appearance as the editor-in chief (in-black) of the Seven Oaks Daily Complainer, and in his brief scene, he declares the damsels have no idea what they are doing. I feel this is the director, who may not exactly be condemning these women, but because the girls are not particularly swaying one way or the other, he likely identifies with their loudest detractor.
It’s quirky, and random, and slow and atonal, but curious, it not that dramatic.
Please check out my entire review at Scene Creek.