Mistress America trailer

Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig seem to have a great working relationship, in addition to their off-screen partnership, and their latest film together, Mistress America, features Gerwig as an unlikely mentor to a hesitant college freshman (Lola Kirke) who is also about to be her stepsister.

“Unlikely,” because despite a seemingly boundless enthusiasm for just about everything, Gerwig’s character almost seems as if she can’t quite get her own life lined up, much less provide direction for anyone else. But there may be more going on with the character than a first impression suggests, in Baumbach’s snappy comedy.

The new Mistress America trailer lights up with Gerwig’s natural charm and Baumbach’s calm directorial hand; check it out below.

Gerwig looks like she’s in full high-energy mode here, like more mature version of her character from Frances Ha. And while the trailer focuses on the whims of her character, and the budding friendship between the two leads, there’s more plot in the film than this would indicate. That story leads to a collision of characters which The Guardian sums up nicely in a review out of Sundance:

Baumbach has always had a knack for quips, but the extended central sequence, a dizzying peak of silliness as four, then six, then eight well-drawn characters zing one another in a modern Connecticut mansion is practically screwball. If Ben Hecht or Preston Sturges ever wrote gags about Twitter or literary magazines or Brooklyn bistros, they would sound like this.

Mistress America opens on August 14. Trailer via Yahoo.

In MISTRESS AMERICA, Tracy (Lola Kirke) is a lonely college freshman in New York, having neither the exciting university experience nor the glamorous metropolitan lifestyle she envisioned. But when she is taken in by her soon-to-be stepsister, Brooke (Greta Gerwig) – a resident of Times Square and adventurous gal about town – she is rescued from her disappointment and seduced by Brooke’s alluringly mad schemes.

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