Frances Ha

Frances Ha

DVD - 2013
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1aa
Jun 17, 2017

A playful and touching film, tough it seems unfinished to me; there ought to have been another twenty minutes to give an ending to the story. I was quite annoyed at the use (theft!) of the music from "The 400 Blows" in the film.

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BenHarrison20
Mar 21, 2017

A very stylistic, unconventional look at a woman's life in New York. The characters in this film are so loveable and Greta Gerwig has such an interesting approach to acting. Sharply written dialogue throughout, great chemistry between the characters, and just some really funny moments. Great movie!

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gingin1972
Dec 06, 2016

Don't waste your time boring crap!

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wiredonjava
Nov 30, 2015

I enjoyed living vicariously through this lovable free spirited woman!

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eus
Oct 02, 2015

So great! This is one of my superfave movies!!!! Love love love. It's about friendship, growing up, and accepting the changes.

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kindly
Jun 12, 2015

So super-good! It's about growing up, and the evolution of a friendship. Beautiful! Especially Frances' outpouring on , "YOUR person in this world".

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beckythecat1
May 12, 2015

ah, com'on. this a fantasy in someone's mind. I wanted to slap her and sit her down and talk to Frances about her life in the fantasy world. bad, bad, waste of film.

rufus_red4 May 01, 2015

This was like a bad episode of Girls and in fact the annoying guy that plays Lena Dunham's boyfriend is in this movie. I can't tolerate movies with obvious improvisational scenes, I could only stand perhaps 10-15 minutes before I turned it off.

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alex59
Feb 14, 2015

Don't waste your time. Completely dull and pointless and about nothing - but thinks it's trendy. Nothing redeeming about this one. Story is about a group of 20- something New Yorkers leading dull, pointless lives and ends the same way. Kept waiting for the point of the movie, never arrived, ticked off because there were other, better things we could've been doing.

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tucklee
Jan 22, 2015

Mildly interesting movie of the ups and downs of a woman whose life could have been a train wreck, if she was a little less positive. Greta Gerwig is good but, she doesn't have a dancer's grace for the role. And I don't get why it was shot in B&W. It sets nothing for the tone of the film.

love_my_library_card Dec 25, 2014

I kept putting off watching this movie, because I feared it would be a hipster homage to Woody Allen. Aside from my occasional cringing and eye-rolling, I enjoyed it overall, particularly the camera work and being shot in retro black & white. The dialog was horrifyingly awkward at times; do twenty-somethings actually talk like this? Is "undateable" really a word they toss around at each other? Frances' story got better as the movie went on, so if it's not grabbing you at the start, try to stick with it.

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jnewday
Sep 03, 2014

Exceptional film. A study in meeting life's many challenges with a sense of acceptance spiked with adventure. She persists throughout the obstacles that come her way, though she often struggles against them. The character is a somewhat awkward and sensitive person, she is not polished or confident, yet she does have reserves of fortitude.

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LibraryUser53
Jul 21, 2014

A good film about what it means to be a happy-for-the-most-part young, independent woman in urban America. Frances deals with all the minor power struggles, vaguely disloyal friends, apartment hopping, job hopping, and "where's the money coming from?" insecurities that are part of life. This movie proves it can be done while holding to ones values, and -- provided one is willing to make a few compromises -- done with aplomb. The film does drag a bit in places, and goes out of its way to portray some disturbing truths. Still, overall, recommended

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mikeyj
Jun 03, 2014

It inhabits the same world as the best Allen movies, and manages to come off more natural and lighthearted through the acting, despite its mostly melancholy plot.

We really loved it, and felt it was one of the most timeless and re-watchable movies we'd seen in a while.

epotter8811 May 28, 2014

I found "Frances Ha" charming if a little awkward much like the main character herself. It's definitely not the first film to tackle the wistful and confusing years of twenties adulthood, but it does it with warmth, gorgeous black and white, and a winning leading lady in Greta Gerwig. As one commenter said, it feels a bit like an homage to Woody Allen, but it's enjoyable in its own right.

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gvlee
Mar 23, 2014

This is neither wry nor sparkling (see catalogue description). The acting is often stiff and the dialogue stilted, although it does improve as the film progresses. Although the character of Frances is a dancer, the actress who plays her clearly is NOT. The film is supposed to be of the indie genre, but instead it just comes off as amateurish. Don't waste your time.

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jimg2000
Mar 09, 2014

An interesting case study of a single 27 year from Sacramento facing significant emotional and financial challenges to make it alone as a dancer in NYC after her best friend moved away with boyfriend.

NightGoat72 Feb 23, 2014

I really can't stand Noah Baumbach's films. This dull mess didn't help. Just watch the brilliant "Girls" instead; it does everything this tries to do, but a hell of a lot better and with a lot more honesty. This just came off like an aging man feigning an understanding of modern youth while having a lot of French New Wave on his mind.

To say the least, I was underwhelmed.

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wailuabob2
Feb 21, 2014

An unusual ifc film shot in quite satisfactory black and white. Very interesting study of a talented would be ballet artist. Talented yes, but not quite good enough to "make it here" professionally in spite of hard work. Don't worry, there is almost no actual ballet shown. Outstanding acting by the entire cast. The central character is a sweetheart that you would love to have in your own family although sometimes you think she needs to have some sense shaken into her. A real jewel, don't miss it! Note, the title is explained in the very last scene. You'll never guess.

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mexicanadiense
Jan 13, 2014

An interesting character study, gorgeously shot in B&W mostly "guerrilla style" in NY. Fans of the HBO series "Girls" should like it and find may similarities (Adam Driver included) but it is very much its own beast.


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