Frances Ha

Frances Ha ★★½

The Good: Greta Gerwig is fantastic as the eponymous, twentysomething slacker who aspires to be a dancer; her dialogue and general awkwardness is amusing.

The Bad: While it's a welcome, slice-of-life type of story with a very human protagonist deep down, the biggest knock on this film is that Baumbach and co-writer Gerwig chose to focus on a certain generation in a certain population that's quite difficult to relate to. You want to like these characters, but the way they speak and act is nearly insufferable, you'll roll your eyes more often than smile. One can't expect viewers to sit down for an hour and a half and enjoy being in the company of these pretentious and obnoxious characters that only remind them of the pretentious and obnoxious people they know. The film also wraps up too fast and neatly, I ended up wishing they spent more time showing Frances getting her shit together rather than meandering to the point of tedium.

The Bottom Line: Classic Baumbach; either you'll love it or hate it. If you absolutely despise "hipsters" with a passion, then by all means, avoid this.

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