Ingrid Goes West
Rated 14 Accompaniment (Coarse Language) ~ Runs 98 minutes
Dir.: Matt Spicer, US
Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O'Shea Jackson Jr.
Sundance Festival Winner, Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award
“One of the things I most admired about Ingrid Goes West was the spot-on depiction of a certain type of Instagram and Snapchat mid-level celebrity who has somehow managed to build an audience of a few hundred thousand followers/fans.Without any measurable skills....Avocado Toast Selfie, anyone? In the smart and darkly amusing Ingrid Goes West, the wonderful Elizabeth Olsen is perfectly cast as an Internet semi-star: one Taylor Sloane, a pretty and relatable and sunny trendsetter living the seemingly perfect life. Taylor lives with her supportive, sensitive-artist, man-bun husband Ezra in Venice Beach. While Ezra works on his ‘found objects’ art, Taylor continues to build her brand as a lifestyle guru. Here’s the thing, though. As you might have surmised from the title, Ingrid Goes West isn’t primarily about Taylor - it’s told mostly from the point of view of Aubrey Plaza’s Ingrid, an unbalanced and lost Pennsylvanian in her 20s who suffers great humiliation in her hometown and latches onto an Internet obsession with Taylor (who makes the mistake of responding to one of Ingrid’s Insta comments) as a way of making a comeback. Staked with a cash windfall she received from a personal tragedy, Ingrid sets off for California with the singular goal of meeting and befriending Taylor, and thanks to some basic Internet research skills and Ingrid’s willingness to commit crimes and misdemeanors in the name of ‘accidentally’ meeting Taylor, it doesn’t take long for Ingrid and Taylor to become besties... Aubrey Plaza is a sensation as Ingrid, who is alternately charming and sad and pathetic and absolutely insane. Plaza has a unique and magnetic screen presence that creates great empathy, even when she’s portraying a mostly off-putting character.” - Richard Roeper, The Chicago Sun-Times