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Ingrid Goes West

2017

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  • Aubrey Plaza’s fiercely committed performance nearly rescues this dubious contrivance from absurdity... Spicer’s empathetic view of Ingrid’s tangle of misery is outweighed by his satirical critique of online stardom, Hollywood hustling, and conspicuous consumption; he presents Ingrid’s maladies as the results of the social ills of the times. The action devolves into wan op-ed commentary.

  • Aubrey Plaza is a national treasure, but the movies still haven’t figured out what to do with her. Ingrid Goes West comes close, though, with its twisted, of-the-moment tale of an Instagram stalker who infiltrates the personal life of a social media celebrity. But for all its many virtues, it doesn’t quite take full advantage of its star’s dark, unpredictable energy. It’s ultimately too sweet, too much of a bouncy Indiewood quirk-fest to do right by her sublime strangeness.

  • Ms. Plaza is a whiz with timing and does a deft job of shifting viewers’ sympathy; her character can be loathsome or pathetic depending on the scene. O’Shea Jackson Jr., as her Batman-obsessed landlord, is every bit as funny and nearly walks away with the movie. Still, Mr. Spicer cops out by going with the obvious ending. Admittedly, he has tough competition. Real life already gave social media “influencers” a far more cutting sendup. It was called Fyre Fest.

  • Even though this feature debut for director Matt Spicer, who co-wrote the script with David Branson Smith, is sort of all over the place, it’s still often sharply amusing, crisply assembled and features game, broad-brushstroke performances from leads Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen, vaguely recreating Single White Female for the smartphone generation.

  • The most innovative aspect of Ingrid Goes West is Spicer’s unflinching intimacy in depicting Ingrid’s desperation. Ingrid is offered to us in all her grit and glory; with awkwardness as art. Spicer expertly wields the discomfort of Ingrid’s interactions as his primary tool for eliciting suspense and emotion. The film establishes itself as a psychological thriller, but there’s an atypicality in the viewpoint Ingrid Goes West offers.

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