Finally a Movie About A Quirky Young Hipster in New York City: Frances Ha Trailer
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Finally a Movie About A Quirky Young Hipster in New York City: Frances Ha Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | March 6, 2013 | Comments ()


Finally, a film about a quirky young hipster in New York City with no career or ambitions just trying to figure out this thing called life. I mean, that's such an untapped void in the market, I'm shocked that no one has made a movie fitting in that niche before. Here's the trailer for Frances Ha:

And here's the plot description that is supposed to sell on the usual variety of indie hipster tropes:

Frances (Greta Gerwig) lives in New York, but she doesn't really have an apartment. Frances is an apprentice for a dance company, but she's not really a dancer. Frances has a best friend named Sophie, but they aren't really speaking anymore. Frances throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possible reality dwindles. Frances wants so much more than she has, but lives her life with unaccountable joy and lightness. FRANCES HA is a modern comic fable in which Noah Baumbach explores New York, friendship, class, ambition, failure, and redemption.

That description makes me want to watch Fox News and complain about the lazy worthlessness of the younger generation.

Look, Gerwig is well-liked, seems to be a decent enough actress. Noah Baumbach seems to be putting some decent touches onto a writing and directing career, and is an up and comer. But this movie? This movie comes out every two weeks. And I hate it. I'm sick of it. Every Dawson Leery with a hipster actress girlfriend and a New York City fetish makes this film and is surprised when the world doesn't hand them golden statues and a penthouse.

Of course the film has the usual pile of praises coming out of film festivals, and comparisons to Woody Allen's work. Here's a dirty secret: I don't like Woody Allen films either, which is a fantastic way to get into a fight with film lovers. I may be alone in this, and a snobbish boor who shouldn't be allowed to comment on film as a result, but I find a filmmaker's obsession with exploring his own neuroses neither original nor interesting to those who don't share the same neuroses.

It's perfectly plausible that this film is actually pretty good. But then there is probably a snuff film or two out there that deserve consideration for their gifted use of cinematography. I'm not going to watch them either.

(source: SlashFilm)

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  • Strand

    Of course it's stars Greta Gerwig.

  • Jezzer

    Frances is a vegan, but it makes her gassy.
    Frances stopped dancing outside in the rain after her bout with pneumonia.
    Frances thinks she is still friends with all of her ex-boyfriends, but they merely tolerate her.
    Frances kissed a girl at Burning Man once and proudly claims to be bisexual.
    Frances owes $60 in library fees for drawing quirky doodles in the margins of all her library books.
    Frances has never held a job for longer than four hours, due to her tendency to speak out against "all these bullshit rules" in the employee handbook.
    Frances' friends are all either quirkiness enablers or people who grit their teeth and wish she would grow the fuck up already.
    Frances is 1/32 Cherokee and has Opinions about Thanksgiving that she wants you to hear.

  • Syd

    Oh lawd. I love you Mr. Wilson. Because you're damn right. I would like for movies to cut it with the pretentious hipster bullshit. You're not clever. You're not quirky. You make my generation look bad. Maybe we should just send all of the self righteous hipsters and people who adore them to NYC and build a fence around the whole city- covering it with Metallica CDs, Michael Bay movie posters, and Old Navy clothes as a deterrent.

  • overandout

    I might be able to tolerate this film if it was about black people. I mean, I'm an insufferable quirky hipster (although maybe a few years too old) without direction. And I'm black. Just an acknowledgement that we exist would get me in the movie house to see this sort of drivel. Or what about a quirky Asian hipster? Or sheesh, a movie version of Free Food for Millionaires. That would be amazing. The whole 20s in the city, fashion aspect while also bringing in deep shit about finance and the education bubble. Where is that movie?!

  • home

    Steven Loyd Wilson, you are hilarious.

  • Uriah_Creep

    Here’s a dirty secret: I don’t like Woody Allen films either, which is a fantastic way to get into a fight with film lovers.

    I've always liked you, SLW, but now I may be in love with you. I've got your back on this.

  • Oh dear Lord. Speaking as a 20-something woman who works for a community theater, lives in a per-gentrified area of Manhattan and doesn't have much direction in her life...I make MYSELF ill sometimes. Who on Earth thinks that people want MORE of this entitled wishy-washy bullsh!t?

  • TheKoiPolloi

    I recently re-read the Mia Farrow Vanity Fair article, thanks to this site linking to it last week. It just solidified my conviction that I will be okay with never seeing another Woody Allen movie as long as I live.

  • KV

    Young people in their early-to-mid-20s living in a big city, and struggling with love, and trying to figure out what to do with their lives...I thought that movie was called "Swingers"!

  • TheAggroCraig

    This looks like a movie that my co-worker will beg me to go see with her, and I will refuse, so she'll see it by herself and tell me "it was pretty good" but I know deep down that she loved it because she so wants to be the 20-something hipster chick who dances across crosswalks in NYC even though she's 30, lives in Wisconsin, and would never allow anyone to see her do something as uncool as dancing in public.

  • kilmo

    And it's in black and white... Why????

  • Because it's hard to string together enough Instagram shots to fill out an hour and a half.

  • Lindsey Gregory

    I miss the 80s, 90s and 00s when chicks were ambitious, upwardly mobile and combed their damn hair.

  • Bert_McGurt

    So...does she end up dancing in the fountain? That's how you know she's really unaccountably joyful and light.

  • Buck Forty

    Ah yes, 'Friends' spoiled that for all of us...

  • Crystal O.

    Wait, didn't she already make the exact same movie only it was called Lola Versus?

  • PDamian

    Indeed. And she played the same role in Greenberg, and Damsels in Distress, and ... for the life of me, I can't figure out why anyone thinks she's something special. She's a competent actress, certainly, but she certainly doesn't merit the regular tongue baths she gets from the NYTimes: "Greta Gerwig, most likely without intending to be anything of the kind, may well be the definitive screen actress of her generation." "[She is] able to summon all the gesticulations and insecurity that convey real life while possessing the polish and presence of a movie star." Um -- are we watching the same person?

  • kilmo

    Thank you! The title was on the tip of my tongue.

  • Crystal O.

    I had to imdb it. I guess that shows how forgettable it was.

  • Mrcreosote

    When my daughter was visiting colleges, one of the places we went to was Carnegie Mellon. While we were walking around I listened to two female engineering students talking to each other. One had a backpack festooned with buttons and stickers advocating space travel, robots and a general infatuation with science as a whole. The other had a scientific calculator in one hand and a paperback in the other. They were debating the merits of Mars rover vs. Mars Curiosity. How about, and I know this is a radical idea, but how about we celebrate these types of people more, and pointless city dwellers contributing nothing a little less. Perhaps it could be something interesting and concrete instead of being based on vague liberal arts/theater/dance majors.

    I will not even complain if you do that film in black and white. Well, I might complain a little.
    Also don't tell my daughter because she's a theater major in a city.

  • TheKoiPolloi

    I was a vague liberal arts major, and I can also discuss Curiosity. Can I play?

  • Mrcreosote

    Yes, but only briefly. you'll be killed off in episode 3 in a horrible bubble tea related accident.

  • KatSings

    It always fills me with joy when someone else I like has a dislike of Woody Allen films. I dated a guy in high school who wore pretension like a badge of honor, and he WORSHIPPED Woody Allen. I like Annie Hall, but that's about as far as that goes.

  • kkirkpat

    I am a fellow disliker of Woody Allen movies. The few that I have liked have been the ones he's not in, like Match Point. It's good to know I'm not alone out here :)

  • FireLizardQueen

    Seriously. I just don't get Woody Allen movies. Are they supposed to be funny? Or clever? The whole thing just bores me.

  • Bedewcrock

    Pure joy to know you all are out there! I thought I was alone. I guess I've just been making friends with Woody Allen lovers.

  • shake

    Frances brushes her teeth with toothpaste, but its not really organic. Frances goes to yoga classes, but its really tai chi. Frances eats birthday cake, but its not really her birthday.

    I don’t know... this strikes me as one of those wait-for-it-to-be-on-cable movies.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    this strikes me as a wait-forever-for-it-to-be-on-cable (unless you have IFC)

  • Jezzer

    This strikes me as a wait-for-it-to-be-on-cable-so-you-can-zip-right-past-it-cackling-madly-to-watch-something-else movie.

  • Noah

    Based on the trailer, I thought they already made this movie. It was called Girls.

  • Robert

    I'm not saying it's going to be good, but Greta Gerwig was able to elevate Damsels in Distress and that was full-blown off-putting hipster cliches for two hours. This at least has normal speech patterns and a hint of a plot.

  • It's quite possible you won't like this film. I'm not into Woody Allen, nor have I liked Greta Gerwig, nor am I a fan of Baumbach. But I can tell you I saw this film at TIFF and it was a total delight.

  • MyUsernameIsaLecture

    I really like Allen (mainly the 70s and 80s stuff, but some of the later stuff too), really like Gerwig, and generally like Baumbach. So I'll definitely see this.

    (Though, even as a confirmed film snob, I have no problem with somebody disliking any of those directors/actors.)

  • Buck Forty

    Atad raises an interesting point. SLW posts a trailer and writes a whole piece about why he won't bother watching the movie when it comes out, and all the Pajibans join in and say they won't watch it either. Must be tough making a movie these days. Used to be you had to make the movie first before people would trash it.

  • eeeeeee

    . . . and someone who actually saw the film weighs in. GET OUT.

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