Run with the cool crowd

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Di­rec­tor: Noah Baum­bach (While We’re Young) Star­ring: Greta Ger­wig, Lola Kirke, Heather Lind, Michael Ch­er­nus, Matthew Shear Ver­dict: Grow­ing not so old, not so grace­fully

YOU can only run with the cool crowd for so long. Be­cause sooner or later, they’re gonna run right over the top of you.

That is the straight­for­ward take­away from Mis­tress Amer­ica, an in­fec­tiously man­nered hip­ster farce by Frances Ha col­lab­o­ra­tors (and real-life part­ners) Noah Baum­bach and Greta Ger­wig.

Brooke (Ger­wig) can al­ready hear the foot­steps of a hun­grier, high­er­achiev­ing gen­er­a­tion com­ing up be­hind her.

Though im­pres­sively quick when it comes to con­struct­ing goodto-great cre­ative con­cepts, Brooke is de­press­ingly slow to act on them.

So hav­ing spent the whole of her 20s pro­cras­ti­nat­ing in the fast lane, Brooke re­ally needs her next bright idea to spark some se­ri­ous suc­cess, or dark times await.

Just to com­pli­cate mat­ters fur­ther – and this is one of those movies where com­pli­ca­tions mat­ter – Brooke has been ab­sent­mind­edly men­tor­ing a pro­tege who is also about to be­come her step­sis­ter.

Tracy (new­comer Lola Kirke, a real find) has only just started col­lege, and is find­ing it dif­fi­cult to un­peel life in the Big Ap­ple.

Brooke’s busy, dizzy life­style is just the dis­trac­tion Tracy needs at first. Then it be­comes an ad­dic­tion when Tracy re­alises she can spin her ob­ser­va­tions of this way-too-with-it woman into her first pub­lished piece as a writer.

As ev­i­denced by his re­cent hit While We’re Young, di­rec­tor Baum­bach is fast be­com­ing a nex­tgen Woody Allen. If that no­tion ap­peals, then you’d bet­ter mark down this pre­ciously clever af­fair as a must-see.

How­ever, just be warned, Baum­bach’s love of a pre­ciously worded wise­crack is real ear-ofthe-be­holder stuff in Mis­tress Amer­ica.

If you don’t warm to the first few oh-so-ur­bane gags, a long and lonely 85 min­utes awaits.

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