Dark Comedy Awaits at Every Turn in “Ingrid Goes West”

Aubrey Plaza plays friendless, social media obsessed Ingrid, who is left unmoored after her mother’s death and heads to California, where she quickly sets about stalking her latest fixation, Taylor (Elizabeth Olson). Olson’s talent and appeal are on full display as she plays a character at once magnetically fabulous and disgustingly fake. Ingrid manages to Single White Female her way into Taylor’s inner circle — in the process alienating a guy who actually likes her (O’Shea Jackson Jr., who played his father Ice Cube so well in Straight Outta Compton). When Taylor’s brother (hunky Billy Magnussen, who played a prince alongside Chris Pine in Into The Woods) becomes suspicious of Ingrid, the situation turns crazy in this well-observed, edgy, and very funny debut feature by director Matt Spicer. THE WORD: A pitch-perfect story of loneliness and longing for belonging in the all-too-often superficial age of Instagram. COMING TO: Theaters

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