Out today on Blu-ray and DVD, Ingrid Goes West is a stalker film that could be considered today’s version of Single White Female. Director Matt Spicer, however, has much more on his mind than telling the story of a mentally unstable young woman named Ingrid (Aubrey Plaza) who becomes instantly fixated on a sunny Californian (Elizabeth Olsen). Rather, this flick is a pointed satire on the vapidity of social media, and it’s at its best when it skewers the beguiling the facade of this understandably addictive world.
After a brief stint at a mental institution, Ingrid heads to Venice, Ca. with her mother’s inheritance (she’s left with over $60,000) to stalk an Instagram celebrity named Taylor Sloane (Olsen). After brilliantly insinuating herself into Taylor’s life, Ingrid becomes fat friends with the object of her affections, and their bond leads both down a much darker path. O’Shea Jackson Jr. nearly steals the show as Ingrid’s constantly vaping landlord and Wyatt Russell plays Taylor’s failed artist husband.
Special features on the disc include deleted scenes and audio commentary from Plaza, Spicer, and writer David Branson Smith. The commentary is pretty informative and funny (thanks to Plaza’s deadpan humor), and most of the deleted scenes are actually extended versions of sequences that made it to the final cut. One deleted scene, dealing with a table read conducted by O’Shea Jackson Jr. (the landlord is also a wannabe screenwriter), is actually one of the funniest moments of the narrative and is worth checking out.
Robert De Niro, who’s proven adept at comedies thanks to the Meet The Parents movies as well as Midnight Run and Wag the Dog, looks like he’s stealing the show in the just released trailer for Dirty Grandpa. Zac Efron, memorable as an irritating frat guy in Neighbors (remember Efron’s Travis Bickle impression in the film?) gets his moment to shine with the trailer’s most memorable line (“I just smoked crack!”).
The comedy centers on an uptight corporate lawyer named Jason (Efron) who drives his recently widowed grandfather (De Niro) to Daytona Beach, FL for a little spring break rowdiness. Jason’s impending marriage to Meredith (Julianne Hough) may be threatened by this potentially bacchanalian affair. Aubrey Plaza and Dermot Mulroney co-star in the film, which hits theaters January 2016.
Is Dirty Grandpa a movie you’ll pay your hard earned cash to see? What do you think of the film’s poster, which is a homage to the Dustin Hoffman classic The Graduate? Feel free to comment below!
The 1990s set comedy The To Do List features Parks and Recreation star Aubrey Plaza as Brandy Klark a high school grad who’s determined to lose her virginity. Rachel Bilson co-stars as Brandy’s sexually experienced sister Amber, with Scott Porter playing a lifeguard who may be Brandy’s first ever sex partner.
Balancing a stable career on television and a flourishing career in features seems to suit the 29-year-old Plaza. “I can’t believe I’m still on a TV show,” said Plaza. “I love being on my TV show and it’s totally different than working in movies. I feel like I know my character on Parks and Recreation so well that it’s really fun to know a character that well and just go with whatever story they throw at you. And I like doing movies like (The To Do List) because it allows me to do completely different kind of things. And that’s the most fun and exciting part about my job is just being able to keep doing things that surprise people and (also) challenging myself. And I was looking for a long time to do a movie where I can give a hand job, a blow job and get finger blasted…so I’m just really lucky that I found this script.”
Since Aubrey Plaza’s dry wit does get a bit lost in print, click on the media bar to hear the actress talk about having her character “finger-blasted” in The To Do List:
Deadpan actress Aubrey Plaza (TV’s Parks and Recreation, Funny People) plays a high school senior who’s determined to lose her virginity in the new comedy The To-Do List. The 1993 set feature is directed by Maggie Carey, the wife of Saturday Night Live member Bill Hader.
Co-starring Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Donald Glover (TV’s Community), and Connie Britton (Nashville), The To-Do List opens nationwide July 26.
During the press conference for the film, Plaza explained how she related to her character, as she discussed her stint working at Joe’s Crab Shack and hanging out at community pools.