Ingrid Goes West

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Led by strong performances from Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen, Ingrid Goes West delivers smart, topical humor underlined by timely social observations.



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Ingrid Thorburn (Aubrey Plaza) is an unhinged social media stalker with a history of confusing "likes" for meaningful relationships. Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen) is an Instagram-famous "influencer" whose perfectly curated, boho-chic lifestyle becomes Ingrid's latest obsession. When Ingrid moves to LA and manages to insinuate herself into the social media star's life, their relationship quickly goes from #BFF to #WTF. Built around a brilliantly disarming performance from Aubrey Plaza, Ingrid Goes West (winner of the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance) is a savagely hilarious dark comedy that satirizes the modern world of social media and proves that being #perfect isn't all it's cracked up to be.

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Aubrey Plaza
as Ingrid Thorburn
Elizabeth Olsen
as Taylor Sloane
Wyatt Russell
as Ezra O'Keefe
Billy Magnussen
as Nicky Sloane
Pom Klementieff
as Harley Chung

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  • Sep 18, 2018
    Of course Plaza is the perfect fit for an obsessive fan / stalker Ingrid. The beginning is particularly funny, mocking the instagram craze and its participants on both sides, but never entirely giving up on its deeply flawed characters. While things get a little more dramatic later on, the humor does turn darker but it's abandoned altogether. The solution works, too. LA, Venice and Joshua Tree look amazing and the actors all fill their roles with life. Well done.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 21, 2018
    Really enjoyed this one. Definitely be watching it again. So relevant to all the falseness online and I really enjoyed Ingrid’s stalker tendencies!
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 02, 2018
    (2 1/2 Stars) Ingrid Goes West came out last year amidst a renassaince for Aubrey Plaza after Parks and Recreation. The role is specifically tailored to her weirdness, but Matt Spicer delivers a movie that goes beyond that initial impression of Plaza and the characters she's played in the past. Instead of a weird comedy about a quirky girl, it dips into disturbing territory when the laughs stop flowing and the uneasiness begins to rise over the two hours. I thought Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen both act their hearts out in rolls specifically tailored to the way they may come off to people in real life. Plaza is the weird creep and Olsen is the beautiful blonde Californian. There were a couple of side roles for the males here, but none of them hold a candle to the acting chops of the two women who are clearly on a war path to butt heads further into the plot. Spicer's first major time behind the camera is shot fairly well with a pretty tight cap on locations of Joshua Tree and some part of LA, but he lacks in supplying a film that's enjoyable to watch all the way through.
    Lane Z Super Reviewer
  • Dec 13, 2017
    Often savage, and Aubrey Plaza's performance is fearless. I do wish the satire was a bit more focused.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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