Damsels in Distress

April 6th 2012
  • Comedy/Drama,
  • PG-13,
  • 99 min,
  • Sony Pictures Classics
  • Cast: Greta Gerwig, Adam Brody, Analeigh Tipton, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Carrie MacLemore, Hugo Becker, Billy Magnussen, Ryan Metcalf, Jermaine Crawford, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Chris Angerman, Todd Bartels, Nick Blaemire, Jonnie Brown, Sheena Colette, Joe Coots, Domenico D'Ippolito, Colleen Dengel, John Gibson, Meredith Hagner, Michael Jefferson, Aja Naomi King, Charlie McSpadden, Aubrey Plaza, Alia Shawkat , Mark Steiger, Zach Woods
  • Director: Whit Stillman
  • Writer: Whit Stillman
  • Producers: Whit Stillman, Alicia Van Couvering, Cecilia Kate Roque
  • Co Producer: Charlie Dibe
  • Art Direction: Brian Goodwin
  • Castings: Kerry Barden, Anya Colloff, Amy McIntyre Britt, Paul Schnee
  • Costume Design: Ciera Wells
  • D.O.P.: Doug Emmett
  • Editor: Andrew Hafitz
  • Makeup: Anouck Sullivan
  • Music: Mark Suozzo
  • Production Design: Elizabeth J. Jones
  • Set Decoration: Emmanuelle Hoessly


Distress is a comedy about a trio of beautiful girls as they set out to revolutionize life at a grungy American university the dynamic leader Violet Wister (Greta Gerwig), principled Rose (Megalyn Echikunwoke) and sexy Heather (Carrie MacLemore).

They welcome transfer student Lily (Analeigh Tipton) into their group which seeks to help severely depressed students with a program of good hygiene and musical dance numbers.

The girls become romantically entangled with a series of menincluding smooth Charlie (Adam Brody), dreamboat Xavier (Hugo Becker) and the mad frat pack of Frank (Ryan Metcalf) and Thor (Billy Magnussen) who threaten the girls friendship and sanity.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: New York, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Mature thematic content including some sexual material
  • Production Companies: Westerly Films

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2011 Guide Analysis: "The first film in a decade from arthouse darling Whit Stillman, a filmmaker's filmmaker whose three Manhattan-based, yuppie-themed mannerist comedies - "Metropolitan," "Barcelona" and "The Last Days of Disco" - were a big influence on the likes of auteurs such as Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach. Stillman says this film varies somewhat from his previous trilogy of sorts, telling First Things that "This film is different, Completely different. Okay, not completely different, but it’s different".

Independently financed by Castle Rock CEO Martin Shafer, the project recently wrapped filming in Manhattan where Stillman returned to last year after having spent much of the past decade in Paris. In Europe he worked on several scripts that never took off including an adaptation of Christopher Buckley's novel "Little Green Men", the 60's Jamaica-set "Dancing Mood" and the Francis Marion biopic "The Swamp Fox".

There's talk that Stillman's onscreen good luck charm, actor Chris Eigeman, might make a cameo in this but if he does it won't be as any of his previous characters. Stillman won't confirm anything much about the project and is highly secretive in regards to it, which is why there's no materials for it or even paparazzi set photos which is a rarity. No word yet on a release either, though a splashy festival debut seems a certainty."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 18 April 2012: Belgium
  • 26 April 2012: New Zealand
  • 27 April 2012: UK
  • 31 May 2012: Netherlands