Its Instagram-age commentary may be on the obvious side, but this dark commentary has some fun. Rating: 3 stars out of 4
The dark comedy “Ingrid Goes West” — a sort of Instagram-age variant on “Single White Female” — doesn’t have much to say, but it has some fun saying it. Ingrid (an intense Aubrey Plaza), a troubled young woman with a history of social-media stalking, moves to Los Angeles to follow Taylor (Elizabeth Olsen), whose perfectly curated life seems to be a model for all that Ingrid’s lacks. (Taylor is a sunny, crackle-voiced blonde who’s always going on about being #blessed.) Things, I need not say, do not go well.
Director Matt Spicer, who wrote the Sundance award-winning screenplay with David Branson Smith, is dealing with some fairly obvious themes; i.e. everything on social media isn’t what it seems; living your life online isn’t necessarily a good idea. But he finds much wit in the characters, and in the wicked fun the actors are having.
Movie Review ★★★
‘‘Ingrid Goes West,’ with Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O’Shea Jackson Jr, Wyatt Russell. Directed by Matt Spicer, from a screenplay by David Branson Smith and Spicer. 97 minutes. Rated R for language throughout, drug use, some sexual content and disturbing behavior. Alderwood Mall 16.
Olsen finds just the right dippy spin for Taylor’s plan to open a boutique hotel “that’s my Instagram, but real life.” O’Shea Jackson Jr., as Ingrid’s Batman-obsessed landlord/semi-boyfriend, is earnestly hilarious (“Tell me ‘Gotham needs you!’ ” he whispers during sex), and the award for Best Performance in a Two-Line Cameo goes to the waiter at Grateful Kitchen who cheerfully asks Ingrid, “How can I nourish you today?”
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You won’t remember “Ingrid Goes West” for long after it’s over, but as summer diversions go, you could do much worse.