Sundance Review: Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig's 'Mistress America' is an Endearing Screwball Comedy

January 25, 2015 6:37 PM

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Sundance Review: Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig's 'Mistress America' is an Endearing Screwball Comedy

With "Frances Ha," Noah Baumbach's directing career entered a new stage emboldened by his work with co-writer and partner Greta Gerwig, though the scrappy nature of that narrative and Gerwig's vibrant performance led to the impression that it was more her voice than his driving the proceedings. Their second shared writing credit, "Mistress America," shows the mark of a more integrated collaboration.

As with "Frances Ha," the movie adopts the tone of a screwball comedy to explore the frustrations and aspirations of young women — one of whom played, once again, by an endearingly wacky Gerwig — but it has a more conventional structure and cynical attitude that synthesizes the two authors' distinct...

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