Directed by Elizabeth Wood
Summer, New York City. A college girl falls hard for a guy she just met. After a night of partying goes wrong, she goes to wild extremes to get him back.
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★★★½ review by davidehrlich on Letterboxd
Essentially “White Privilege: The Movie,” Elizabeth Wood’s fire-breathing debut is an adrenalized shot of ecstasy and entitlement, a fully committed cautionary tale that’s able to follow through on its premise because — like the remarkable young actress who plays its heroine — the film is unafraid of being utterly loathsome. And make no mistake, while the madness of her misadventures is captivating from start to finish, you will hate the titular “white girl.” But it’s what Wood and her star do with that hate that makes their collaboration special, these two rising super talents manipulating your vitriol with the grace of a contortionist and the recklessness of a tornado.
★★★½ review by Lucy on Letterboxd
where's the britney spears "dump him" t-shirt when you need it
★★★★ review by Colin Stacy on Letterboxd
"Noah Baumbach’s New York City is a land of optimistic self-discovery. Elizabeth Woods’ interpretation is an unrelenting fever-dream of repercussions for every action. Her debut feature narrative White Girl digs out the life-affirming joviality of the millennial, Swiftian (Taylor, that is) NYC and shoves it – scalped and maimed – through the meat grinder of Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets and Elaine May’s Mikey and Nicky. It’s not a safe world we live in, children.
Be warned: this film is not for the faint of heart, soul, body, or mind. Grime teems from the frames’ edges. The overriding aesthetic is one of sweat and dirt and matted hair. There are sequences where it feels like if a viewer left their theater seat and scratched the screen, the stench of the backseats of cabs and unwashed armpits would engulf the room. White Girl is visceral. And like those 70s masterpieces which came before, it is willing and ready to show everything."
My DIFF review of this insane, stressed-out fairy tale can be found on Reel Spirituality:
★★★★½ review by Josh Rosenthal on Letterboxd
me and earl and the White Girl
the orbital effect of bad choices and the hard consequences that arise from them. Elizabeth Wood paints a trail-blazing and drug-induced image of NYC, where snorting cocaine and smoking weed is as casual as drinking and sleeping. Morgan Saylor is absolutely electrifying as the main character in this, bringing both beauty and an urging sense of desparity to her role. on a downward spiral right from the first few minutes of this, Leah, Saylor's character, continues to make haphazardly bad choices in an attempt to help her one true love, even if that means destroying her own life. this whole thing is so grimy and disgusting that it's hard to look away from, and Saylor puts character and a surprising amount of heart into every poor choice. this was a strange movie to watch right after MARGARET, for they are such distant portrayals of life in NYC, but both are equally amazing in their own right. this is pretty crazy, but it's also maniacally fantastic.
★★★½ review by Justin Benson on Letterboxd
I suddenly feel like I need to take 10 showers....like, in a row.
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