After a 14 year absence, Whit Stillman returns with Damsels in Distress, a film that is largely bereft of any conflict, features obnoxious characters who have quirk instead of personalities, and is merely an assembly line of things happening. These are things I usually hate in films.
Yet, I couldn't help but fall in love with Damsels in Distress. The film, like its main characters, is largely unlikable at the beginning, but as Stillman has us spend more time with them, we get to see not only what they are all about, but just how much more unlikable and operator like the other people around them are.
It's largely inconsequential, and I doubt many are going to enjoy this and Stillman's largely deadpan humor, but I couldn't help but enjoy the stabs at pretentious private college life and its vacuous nature.