Today's film is called INGRID GOES WEST.
I love it. It looks so dark and funny and mean, but in an enjoyable way, not in the kill-all-poor-people-and-people-of-color-GOP way, and sometimes a nice dark comedy can really hit the spot. Plus, it's being distributed by NEON, which is connected to Tim League of the Alamo Drafthouse, which is who brought us all the fantastic film Colossal, so I'm definitely in.
Speaking of fantastic, Aubrey Plaza was always fantastic in Parks and Rec, which was filled with fantastic people, but after that was done, she kind of floundered a bit. Dirty Grandpa? Barf. Mike and Dave Needs Wedding Dates? More barf. Granted, she was also in Legend of Korra, which was fucking awesome, but still... The To Do List? That's a real low low, people. Her career was definitely in danger of skidding out.
But then she was in Legion...
She was phenomenal.
She was mercurial and unhinged, just a constant powerhouse presence on screen. She was an incredibly believable monster, brimming with mirth and menace. It was a great performance. It was the type of performance that buys my interest for future projects.So, here she is in Ingrid Goes West, and I am paying attention.
You should too.
Here's the synopsis: Following the death of her mother and a series of self-inflicted setbacks, young Ingrid Thorburn escapes a humdrum existence by moving out West to befriend her Instagram obsession, a Los Angeles socialite named Taylor Sloane. After a quick bond is forged between these unlikeliest of buddies, the facade begins to crack in both women's lives -- with comically malicious results.
Comically malicious? Sounds great. Let's watch!
First the teaser trailer. It's Red Band as Fuck, so heads up...
The teaser is fantastic, but the full trailer gives a better idea of the plot...