Damsels in Distress

Lists: Sony Pictures Classics

Brief Synopsis: "Distress is a comedy about a trio of beautiful girls as they set out to revolutionize life at a grungy American university the dynamic leader Violet Wister (Greta Gerwig), principled Rose (Megalyn Echikunwoke) and sexy Heather (Carrie MacLemore). They welcome transfer student Lily (Analeigh Tipton) into their group which seeks to help severely depressed students with a program of good hygiene and musical dance numbers. The girls become romantically entangled with a series of men including smooth Charlie (Adam Brody), dreamboat Xavier (Hugo Becker) and the mad frat pack of Frank (Ryan Metcalf) and Thor (Billy Magnussen) who threaten the girls friendship and sanity."

Overall Ranking: 2098 (Rank from 2011: # 119)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 0%
Regular 33.33%
Half-Popped 66.67%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
Nathan Adams and the Temple Of Reviews80(full review)
Dan O'Neill65(full review)
Gorgon Reviews61(full review)
Sober Film Critic James Brown56.6(full review)
David Baruffi52(full review)
CinemaVisitor Erik50 - It's very bizarre and dreamy with sophisticated jokes and dialogues but somehow it doesn't come together and seems aimless as a whole for me.
(full review)
Comedy: 4
Sex Appeal: 1
Scary: 0
Rewatch: 3

People Involved

  • Greta Gerwig (Violet)
  • Adam Brody (Fred Packenstacker / Charlie Walker)
  • Aubrey Plaza (Depressed Debbie)
  • Analeigh Tipton (Lily)
  • Megalyn Echikunwoke (Rose)
  • Carrie MacLemore (Heather)
  • Ryan Metcalf (Frank)
  • Jermaine Crawford (Jimbo)
  • Caitlin Fitzgerald (Priss)
  • Zach Woods (Rick DeWolfe)
  • Domenico DIppolito (Complainer Student)
  • Nick Blaemire (Freak Astaire)
  • Hugo Becker (Xavier)
  • Meredith Hagner (Alice)
  • Joe Coots (Barman)
  • Aja Naomi King (Positive Polly)
  • Whit Stillman (Director)