After seeing the previews for Frances Ha, it was not an immediate “must see” for my partner in crime and I. While the superb choice of David Bowie’s “Modern Love” in the trailer certainly perked our ears and gained our attention, we weren’t yet wooed. I think a big portion of my reluctance came from the way the character was portrayed in the trailer. She came off as trying a little too hard to be quirky and zany. However, once I decided to give the film a shot, this perception of her quickly shifted from skepticism, to deep, unconditional love.
In so many ways Frances reminded me of myself and of pretty much my entire group of friends. This relatable sense drew from her inability to be anybody but herself, no matter how awkward that sometimes can be. And with one liners like “Ahoy sexy?.. Am I nautically sexual?”… It’s like we were instant gal pals.
The movie follows a plot line that’s become very popular these days, that of a 20-something girl struggling to figure herself out. Though the topic is a little overplayed, it was still a very refreshing take, sort of a mix between Lena Dunham’s Girls and Woody Allen’s Manhattan. When I initially saw the film in theaters, I noticed the audience was unsynchronized with what they found funny, everyone laughing at different parts. Ha seems to reach everyone on a different level, depending on who they are and where they come from. I personally love a weird-o who just can’t help it, so I was hooked from the very beginning. The root of the story though, relates to just about everyone, which is that we’re all in search of people who “get” us. As we mature we cross a lot of people’s paths, many of which simply don’t get you, and vice versa. Finding those that you have an honest and unshakeable connection with can be more difficult than any of us are prepared for, so when you do find them, hang on for dear life and don’t let go.
So if you’re questioning yourself, questioning your friends, questioning your friend’s cats, or just want to see something silly, hopeful, honest and modern, you should definitely check out Frances Ha, conveniently located on Netflix instant stream!
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