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" continues in the footsteps of the relatively unseen "We Are Your Friends" by showing both the toxicity and fine-line between self-promotion and insanity while noting that those living in California hydrate by drinking Corona Extra. Hilariously sardonic with a tour-de-force performance by the still mostly enigmatic Aubrey Plaza, whose eyes and awkwardness may one day define this new generation.
California is a dream. Until you live here long enough that West Coast satires like "Ingrid Goes West" become both a necessity and a balm from the self-important groupthink. The film doesn't go as deep or as dark as it thinks it does, but it's still pretty terrific, and both Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen are Instagram-perfect for these roles (so grateful Plaza finally found her ideal post-"Parks and Rec" vehicle).
Although it does not try to pedantically emulate Black Mirror's grotesquery (think Nosedive), this commentary on social media obsession feels at times didactic, if not earnest. At any rate, don't let the pervasive neon lights fool you: this is a very, very dark tale.
Aubrey Plaza gives an incredible performance here in this film that is very relevant to the times that we live in and also has a lot to say about obsession and mental illness and the impact that social media has on our society and how it consumes our day to day lives just so we don't have to feel alone in this world. A true gem that is honest and funny.
A fascinating story of social media obsession taken too far. It's the kind of tale that begs to be told in this day and age, and Matt Spicer does it well. The cast is excellent all around and the editing is efficient.
1.5 Desperately in need of tighter editing. Ended up walking out, as pace too slow for subject matter. Audience is way ahead of plot: we know Ingrid's obsession with vapid beautiful people is unwarranted. We know this will never bring her true happiness. So let's move the story along much faster. As it is now, it comes across as painfully naive. And why do the Olsen women not have noses?? It is very disconcerting.