‘In­grid Goes West’ looks at so­cial me­dia’s dark side

Manteca Bulletin - - At The Movies - By SANDY CO­HEN

Quick, what’s more im­por­tant: so­cial me­dia or real life?

For the ti­tle char­ac­ter in “In­grid Goes West ,” there is no ques­tion, and per­haps no dis­tinc­tion.

Pow­ered by Aubrey Plaza’s sear­ing per­for­mance, di­rec­tor and co-writer Matt Spicer’s fea­ture de­but ex­plores such a dark side of so­cial me­dia ob­ses­sion, it’s hard to con­sider it satire. It’s a story about young women who find val­i­da­tion in likes and fol­low­ers, who equate so­cial me­dia ex­pe­ri­ences with real-life ones.

Like so many mil­len­ni­als, In­grid (Plaza) is an In­sta- gram junkie. Her phone is al­ways in hand, a por­tal to all that is #per­fect and #blessed. Any free mo­ment is spent scrolling through photos. The dou­ble-thumb-tap she uses to “like” images is as in­stinc­tive as blink­ing.

But she’s also ob­ses­sive and men­tally un­sta­ble. She once crashed a wed­ding and at­tacked the bride af­ter fix­at­ing on her ex­pertly cu­rated In­sta­gram pro­file.

Flush with cash af­ter her mother dies, In­grid moves to Los An­ge­les to be near her lat­est so­cial me­dia ob­ses­sion: Blonde, beau­ti­ful Taylor Sloane (El­iz­a­beth Olsen), whose life on In­sta­gram looks like a chic Cal­i­for­nia mag­a­zine cap­tioned with lit­er­ary quotes and hash­tags like #week­end­vibes.

In­grid styles her hair like Taylor’s. She eats at her fa­vorite break­fast spot. She buys the purse Taylor posted about. Then she works out a way to meet the In­sta­gram star so they can be friends.

Olsen is pitch per­fect as sunny, su­per­fi­cial Taylor, who says ev­ery­thing is “the best” and has no qualms about ask­ing a gas sta­tion at­ten­dant to lay on the ground to snap a per­fect­lyframed so­cial me­dia pic.

The screen­play by Spicer and co-writer David Bran­son Smith looks at how Taylor’s ap­petite for ad­mi­ra­tion might al­low for a friend like In­grid — her syco­phan­tic fawn­ing feeds right into Taylor’s mil­lion-fol­lower ego.

Photo con­trib­uted

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