FRANCES HA

Learning To Be More Responsible

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Release Date: May 17, 2013

Address Comments To:

Jonathan Sehring, President, IFC Films/IFC Entertainment
Joshua Sapan, President/CEO, AMC Networks, Inc. (Independent Film Channel/IFC Films/IFC First Take/AMC/WE)
11 Penn Plaza
New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 324-8500
Website: www.amcnetworks.com

Content:

(RoRo, Ab, H, C, Ho, LLL, V, SS, AA, D, M) Strong Romantic worldview about an aimless woman chasing dreams who must become more practical with two scenes where the David Bowie rock song “Modern Love” is played loudly with cryptic lyrics seeming to slightly mock religion and confession while advocating putting trust in man over God, plus some light references to Christmas that may hide a suppressed longing for God’s grace and a joke about having a non-sexual lesbian relationship; about 65 obscenities and profanities (including many “f” words); light comic violence such as pratfalls and playful mock fighting that becomes awkward; some graphic sexual discussion three or four times about fornication, female lead resists men’s casual-sex suggestions or advances, female lead and her female best friend sometimes sleep in the same bed and lead character jokingly says they’re “like an old lesbian couple who have stopped having sex”; no nudity; alcohol use and female lead is tipsy in one scene; smoking; and, female lead lies to friends so she can use their Paris apartment for a weekend.


Summary:

FRANCES HA is a comical, character-driven independent movie about a twentysomething would-be dancer struggling to make basic life decisions in New York City. The lead actress in FRANCES HA has a likeable, funny personality, but there’s a lot of crude language and some ambiguous religious allusions requiring extreme caution.


Review:

FRANCES HA is a comical, character-driven independent movie about a twentysomething New York City woman struggling to make basic life decisions. It has a strong Romantic worldview with lots of strong crude language. The references to religion are mixed and light.
Shot in crisply beautiful black and white that makes it feel like Woody Allen’s MANHATTAN, the story follows an aimless, quirky young woman named Frances, who wants to be a professional ballerina, but is stuck teaching ballet to young girls and being a backup dancer in a company. Frances can’t afford her own apartment and lives with her best friend, who surprises her by abruptly moving out. Frances also wants to find true love, but deflects the attentions and advances of every guy who comes along.
The movie follows Frances for a couple months, during which she finds a way to demand a living from dance-related work and how to handle life on her own finally. Along the way, she dances joyously through the streets, lies her way into a trip to Paris for a weekend that goes disastrously, and has many funny discussions about love and life with her friends.
FRANCES HA is a simple movie, but its star Greta Gerwig has a refreshing personality that makes her hard to dislike. As the co-writer, Gerwig keeps the plotting clean, but should have restrained the movie’s mostly pointless or gratuitous foul language to craft something more people could have enjoyed. Ultimately, FRANCES HA is a relatively godless Romantic story about a young dreamer who has to straighten out her life by becoming more serious and more practical. Along the way, however, she has some graphic discussions about sex with her friends. As a result of the crude language, FRANCES HA warrants extreme caution. The movie also has some mixed religious and anti-religious allusions.


In Brief:

FRANCES HA is a comical, character-driven movie. The story follows an aimless woman in New York who wants to be a professional ballerina, but is stuck teaching ballet to girls and being a backup dancer. Frances can’t afford her own apartment and lives with her best friend, who abruptly moves out. Frances wants true love, but deflects the attentions of every guy who comes along. The plot follows Frances for a couple months as she tries to find a new place to live or make more money. Along the way, she dances joyously through the streets and has comical discussions with her friends.
FRANCES HA is a simple movie. Its star, Greta Gerwig, has a refreshing personality that makes her hard to dislike. However, there’s lots of foul language. FRANCES HA is a relatively godless Romantic story about an impractical young dreamer who has to become more serious and practical. Along the way, she has some lewd, somewhat shallow discussions with her friends. As a result of the crude language, FRANCES HA warrants extreme caution. FRANCES HA also contains some ambiguous religious allusions.