Passive Annoying

Greta Gerwig and Analeigh Tipton in Damsels in Distress (2011)

Violet (Greta Gerwig) along with friends Heather (Carrie MacLemore) and Rose (Megalyn Echikunwoke) take it upon themselves to try and prevent students on campus from committing suicide and they have a new recruit in recently transferred college student Lily (Analeigh Tipton). As well as trying to prevent suicides by handing out doughnuts they also try to boost men's confidence by dancing with them whilst also trying to start a new dance craze called The Sambola!

Greta Gerwig's character in "Damsels in Distress" is the sort of person I would try to find an excuse to walk away from if I was ever introduced to her. From her delusional ideas to her ridiculous niceness as well as inability to realise how pretentious she comes across it all gets on my nerves and under my skin. Maybe that was the intention, to create a character that was so full on nice and naive to their own issues that for some she would get under their skin and if that was the case it worked. And frankly the character of Violet was not the only one to do my head in as both Heather and Rose whilst quieter have that same sort of passive annoying thing going.

The level of annoyance which these character generate is escalated by the fact "Damsels in Distress" doesn't really have a storyline but more a series of scenes which look at the pretentious and delusional work of Violet and her friends. Of course if you find Violet's world where there is no sensor on their thoughts amusing then this will be a riot but there is no middle ground as you either find this funny or annoying.

And that is sadly about it as whilst the lead actresses play their parts well there isn't a great deal more to say. I could say that the cinematography is quiet pleasant with a softness which brings out the stars looks but then I would be grasping at straws for something in this movie which worked for me.

What this all boils down to is that "Damsels in Distress" really didn't do it for me and sadly found the mix of passive characters who are pretentious in their ideals and thoughts a painfully dull and drawn out experience which struggled to deliver a storyline or laughs.

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