Ingrid Goes West


2017 (UK), Drama/Comedy, 1h 38m

Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O’Shea Jackson Jr, Wyatt Russell & Billy Magnussen

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.

This movie is much more devastating and thought-provoking than the bring pink girly comedy it is advertised as. It’s very eye opening into the fake lives of insta-famous ‘cool kids’ and how online addictions can lead to mental illnesses.

Aubrey is phenomenal and offers a wide range of emotions, whilst Olsen, in a role which on paper feels it could’ve been played by Paris Hilton or any other airhead, really fleshes out her bimbo character and makes her feel like a real person rather than a caricature.

A very smart take on the stalker movie, which resists easy laughs for harder truths, and might make you think twice about what you post on social media – this is definitely the “Single White Female” for the Instagram generation.


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