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Ingrid Goes West

Ingrid Goes West
 Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, Billy Magnussen, Wyatt Russell, Pom Klementieff and O'Shea Jackson Jr.

Rated: R for language throughout, drug use, some sexual content and disturbing behavior
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: August 11, 2017 Released by: Neon

A somewhat penetrating, cautionary comedy revolves around an insecure young woman looking for her utopia that connects to today's artificial virtual reality presentation.

Aubrey Plaza (The Little Hours, Safety Not Guaranteed) and Elizabeth Olsen (Wind River) star in Matt Spicer's Ingrid Goes West with Plaza being the titular, aggressive obsessing character.

Instagram posting leads an uninvited Ingrid to a fellow high-school student's wedding with pepper spray for her, thus landing her in an institution for a brief duration.

The loss of Ingrid's mom from a cancer battle leaves her with an inheritance used to head out to California, specifically Venice, where she dwells on Instagram profiteer Taylor Sloane (a pungent Olsen). Taylor lives idyllically with painter hubby Ezra (Wyatt Russell). Ingrid rents a flat from Dan (O'Shea Jackson, Jr. of Straight Outta Compton), a wannabe scribe really into the Caped Crusader.

The Ingrid/Taylor dynamic starts to take hold after posting draws the driven insinuating interloper into a boutique, and then a distaff road excursion brings her to Taylor's second Joshua Tree domicile. Some best laid plans are threatened with the entrance of Taylor's ne'er do well hedonistic brother Nicky (Billy Magnussen).

Though it may be more than a bit off-putting, Plaza's portrait has a chameleonic deftness to it that works well with Olsen's bitchiness. Jackson, though, earns points for his sympathetic, droll, even moving figure which proves more good things lie ahead for the relative newcomer. Ingrid Goes West may be messy but not messed up on a pretty canny commentary on where social media currently lies.

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