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576 Ratings

Ingrid Goes West

Directed by Matt Spicer
United States, 2017


Ingrid becomes obsessed with a social media star named Taylor Sloane who seemingly has a perfect life. But when Ingrid decides to drop everything and move west to befriend Taylor, her behavior turns unsettling and increasingly dangerous.

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Ingrid Goes West Directed by Matt Spicer

Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

2017 | Winner: Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award

Independent Spirit Awards

2018 | Winner: Best First Feature

2018 | Nominee: Best First Screenplay

Ms. Plaza is a whiz with timing and does a deft job of shifting viewers’ sympathy; her character can be loathsome or pathetic depending on the scene. O’Shea Jackson Jr., as her Batman-obsessed landlord, is every bit as funny and nearly walks away with the movie. Still, Mr. Spicer cops out by going with the obvious ending. Admittedly, he has tough competition. Real life already gave social media “influencers” a far more cutting sendup. It was called Fyre Fest.
August 10, 2017
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Aubrey Plaza is a national treasure, but the movies still haven’t figured out what to do with her. Ingrid Goes West comes close, though, with its twisted, of-the-moment tale of an Instagram stalker who infiltrates the personal life of a social media celebrity. But for all its many virtues, it doesn’t quite take full advantage of its star’s dark, unpredictable energy. It’s ultimately too sweet, too much of a bouncy Indiewood quirk-fest to do right by her sublime strangeness.
August 09, 2017
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Aubrey Plaza’s fiercely committed performance nearly rescues this dubious contrivance from absurdity… Spicer’s empathetic view of Ingrid’s tangle of misery is outweighed by his satirical critique of online stardom, Hollywood hustling, and conspicuous consumption; he presents Ingrid’s maladies as the results of the social ills of the times. The action devolves into wan op-ed commentary.
July 28, 2017
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