Not a lot happens in Frances Ha but it certainly does say a lot. Noah Baumbach reunites with Greta Gerwig of his 2010 film Greenberg. As great as Gerwig was in Baumbach’s Greenberg, Frances Ha is her time to shine as an actress. Gerwig does what most actresses couldn’t and takes Frances from being cringe-worthy to one of the heartwarming characters of the year.
Frances is kind of a big screw up to say the least as she struggles with relationships, employment, and friendships in the great city of New York. It sounds like a cliche especially with Lena Dunham’s Girls being on air. Unlike Girls though, audiences will actually have a reason to sympathize with Frances. In every way possible, Frances is so charming and hilarious that you can’t help but root for her on her many adventures.
Frances Ha in many ways feels like a homage to the city of New York but also some of the great films based in New York as well, Woody Allen’s Manhattan being the most obvious. Bits and pieces of Baumbach’s 1995 Kicking and Screaming are sprinkled throughout as well.
Most importantly of Frances Ha is how great Baumbach and Gerwig’s script is. Frances Ha takes all the great parts of what we’ve come to enjoy from Baumbach and Gerwig and fuses them together. The picture that Frances Ha is rather telling of adults that aren’t quite adults in their 20’s. From Frances complaining about having no money despite having an iPhone to her friends who find success with little to no effort, Frances Ha offers one of the most honest and enjoyable movies of the year.