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Ingrid Goes West

Ingrid (fabulously played by Aubrey Plaza) is a young woman who has recently lost her mother and is hooked on social media sites. She has become a bit of a stalker – at the beginning of the movie, we see her spraying mace into a bride who apparently was one of those she stalked. She happens on the Instagram posts of Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen). Soon she takes the money her mother left her and heads to California to make Taylor her friend. The movie is a fascinating look at the world of social media and how social media can and does influence our psychology and the ways that the number of “likes” becomes a driver for how these two women view themselves. Two things really make this movie work. First, the acting by the two leads is great, particularly by Plaza). Second, the movie could at many places turn creepy, but it never does; the script is funny and avoids taking the story to the point of turning you off. I liked where the story went as well as the ending. Thumbs up from me for a film that represents timely commentary on the influence of social media.

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