A critique of celebrity and social media, INGRID GOES WEST stars Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen in a satire about the world of Ingstagram “influencers” and the fans that follow them.
Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen) is a mid-level Instagram celebrity who has somehow managed to build an audience of a few hundred thousand followers – without any measurable skills. In a twisted, stalker-like effort to meet this trendsetter, Ingrid (Aubrey Plaza) sets off for California with the singular goal of becoming Taylor’s friend. Thanks to a windfall from a personal tragedy, some basic Internet research skills, and a willingness to commit crimes and misdemeanors, it doesn’t take long for the two to “accidentally” meet and become besties. After all, Taylor herself is fake news. Little wonder she gravitates to someone like Ingrid, who does nothing but praise her and validate her life. But as their relationship grows, cracks in Ingrid’s facade begin to appear, sending things into dangerous territory. Aubrey Plaza plays Ingrid sensationally, as alternately charming and sad and pathetic and possibly insane. And director/co-writer Matt Spicer displays just the right touch as the story gets crazier. Like all great comedies, the social awkwardness is so painful it’s funny, and at the same time it’s true.
(USA / 2017 / Directed by Matt Spicer)
R / 1 hr 37 mins.