What to Watch: Ingrid Goes West (2017)

Name your favourite social media personalities. Now, take a look at your own social media profiles. Do you depict ‘reality’ or have you, like thousands of other young adults, created a social media persona different from who you are? A persona modeled on the ‘good life’ and the lifestyle envied by others?

I recently watched the film Ingrid Goes West (2017) while on a plane and expected that it’d be a poorly made movie. At the end of the film, I was left impressed and wanting more. Audrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen portrayed some of the issues faced by young adults in a generation plagued with social and mental problems brought by our social media obsession.

And according to film critic Adam Graham, “Ingrid Goes West is a sharp, insightful modern day stalker fantasy, ‘single white female’ through a Valencia Instagram filter.” I recommend seeing this film with your friends.

About the film

Ingrid Thorburn (Aubrey Plaza) is an unstable young woman with a checkered past of obsessive behavior. She secretly moves to Los Angeles to befriend Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen) — an Instagram “influencer” with a fabulous artist boyfriend, a camera-ready terrier, and an array of new products and brands to promote to her followers. After Ingrid adopts a Taylor-made identity for herself, her attempts to prove she’s BFF material are underway — that is, until she meets Taylor’s obnoxious brother Nicky, who threatens to tear down her façade. Ingrid Goes West is a savagely hilarious dark comedy that brilliantly satirizes the modern world of social media and proves that being #perfect isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

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