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1,484 Ratings

Mistress America

Directed by Noah Baumbach
United States, 2015


Tracy, a lonely college freshman in New York, is rescued from her solitude by her soon-to-be stepsister Brooke, an adventurous gal about town who entangles her in alluringly mad schemes. Mistress America is a comedy about dream-chasing, score-settling, makeshift families, and cat-stealing.

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Awards & Festivals

Village Voice Film Poll

2015 | 3rd place: Best Screenplay

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2015 | Nominee: Best Screenplay

Gotham Awards

2015 | Nominee: Breakthrough Actor

Women Film Critics Circle Awards

2015 | Nominee: Best Comedic Actress

It isn’t merely about literature; it’s a work of brilliant writing, one of the most exquisite of recent screenplays. While watching the film, I wanted to transcribe the dialogue in real time for the pleasure of reading it afterward (and I hope that the screenplay, which Gerwig and Baumbach co-wrote, will be published as a book). The center of its writerly wonder is Brooke’s wild verbal whimsy.
August 24, 2015
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Like While We’re Young, Baumbach’s latest seems to be a film of low stakes and minor ambition, yet its execution is far more satisfying. With almost endlessly quotable dialogue, two truly winning lead performances and an energetic score, Mistress America is yet another comedic triumph from the creative partnership of Baumbach and Gerwig.
August 21, 2015
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For anyone who’s wondered how one of Luis Buñuel’s bourgeois farces might go in English, it’s probably something like these scenes in Connecticut. This American version is comparably restrained. No one dies, for instance. This is Baumbach and Gerwig’s third film together. To quote Tracy to Tony: This new movie’s “just the same in another direction” — with much funnier dialogue and evocative electronic music by Wareham and Britta Phillips.
August 21, 2015
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