Screened Out – Mistress America

By : Stephen Miller
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Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke

The small-scale, metropolitan comedy Mistress America is a great idea done better in other films. Stilted execution and juvenile characters hinder it here. I quit caring for these people; I even started disliking them.

“Do you know what an autodidact is?” one character asks another.

“Yes.”

“Autodidact is one of the words I self-taught myself,” the first replies – the line is funny, but it sounds like it’s coming from a precocious eighth grader, not a 30-year-old. Actually, and eighth grader is more intelligent and aware than this lady.

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