Back when this movie came out (2012), I was struck by the charm of Greta Gerwig and to date, I think it is her best work. She co-wrote the screenplay with director Noah Baumbach. So much of Frances is Greta, I think. Greta is a 20-something New Yorker trying to figure herself out. She has a very close with relationship with her friend Sophie (Mickey Sumner). Like Frances says, it's like they're lesbians without the sex. For Frances and Sophie, everything is is silly and fun. A man enters the picture. Sophie's ex, Patch, is back in her life and it's cramping Frances' style. Frances is not the most responsible person with regards to money and finds herself moving between apartments. Along the way she tries to fill the void that Sophie left. She has some luck with Benji (Michael Zegan) who teases her about being undateable. Meanwhile, he's lying through his teeth in an effort to impress the women he dates. Gerwig and Baumback have written some characters who seem real and relatable. There are a lot of funny moments ...... not funny ha ha (pun intended).
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.
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!
So great! This is one of my superfave movies!!!! Love love love. It's about friendship, growing up, and accepting the changes.
So super-good! It's about growing up, and the evolution of a friendship. Beautiful! Especially Frances' outpouring on , "YOUR person in this world".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.