Frances Ha

Film, Comedy
4 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars
(13user reviews)
Frances Ha

‘I’m not a real person yet,’ blurts out Frances, who’s 27, lives in Brooklyn and has got that lurchy, what-the-hell-am-I-doing feeling about her life. Frances (Greta Gerwig) doesn’t have a proper job or a boyfriend (‘undateable’ is how she describes herself). What she does have is a best friend, Sophie (Mickey Sumner, Sting’s daughter). ‘We’re the same person with different hair’, says Frances. They live together, hang out together and fall asleep together in Sophie’s bed watching movies (there’s nothing sexual). But Sophie is outgrowing their friendship – and when she begins dating a banker and becomes a dinner-party-girl, she ditches Frances.

The movies are full of bromances, but we hardly ever see a decent film about friendships between women (when was the last? ‘Bridesmaids’?). This charming, drifty indie comedy, shot in gorgeous black and white, is a love story between Frances and Sophie. Like Lena Dunham’s ‘Girls’ it feels totally honest. In your twenties you decide on the final version of you. Sophie is working on it; Frances is stuck in her crazy, clueless, can’t-pay-the-rent stage. She’s getting it all wrong but is sweetly cocky – a kooky clumsy cool girl in the tradition of Annie Hall.

The script, co-written by Gerwig and her boyfriend Noah Baumbach (who directs), is full of spiky-real one-liners – like this, when someone compares Frances to Sophie: ‘Are you older than her? You have an older face.’ You’ve got to love Gerwig for writing lines like that for herself. If you’ve not seen her in a film before, you will walk out of ‘Frances Ha’ having watched your new favourite actress.


Release details

Release date:
Friday July 26 2013
86 mins

Cast and crew

Noah Baumbach
Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig
Greta Gerwig
Adam Driver
Mickey Sumner

Average User Rating

2.9 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:3
  • 4 star:2
  • 3 star:1
  • 2 star:5
  • 1 star:2
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I thought this movie was smart, funny, and sad-all in good measure.  There's no comparison to Annie Hall, other than that they both take place in NYC.  Frances is a noble character.  Anyone who passed up a 9-5 job in their mid/ late 20's to pursue some kind of art will see a bit of themselves in Frances.  The cliches present in some of the characters in this movie, are the same cliched types you actually find in NYC.  I think they are necessary, because Frances cuts through every scene, like this fresh breeze wafting through normally stale air.  Her archetype is essentially probably 1 out of every 250 people you will ever meet, but with the script she becomes 1 out of 10,000, which still keeps her relatable enough.

To compare this movie to "Annie Hall" is an abomination. Because while "Annie Hall" is very smart and funny movie this is not. "Frances Ha" is more like few Newyorkers came together and decided to film themselves in various situations and distribute it - because you know how fun New York is so if you film there it's and instant flick. I won't be to harsh on it: some people will find this movie fun while other will find it banal and boring. Who will find it fun?-beats me but I've seen reviews that find it fun "You know if you like this kind of movies."

Obviously this seems to be very subjective, but maybe the best art is! Anyway, I really enjoyed it. It was kind of quirky, Greta Gerwig was fantastic, and the innocence and lack of direction in the film is endearing. If you like Lena Dunham and 'Girls', you should love this.

Obviously this seems to be very subjective, but maybe the best art is! Anyway, I really enjoyed it. It was kind of quirky, Greta Gerwig was fantastic, and the innocence and lack of direction in the film is endearing. If you like Lena Dunham and 'Girls', you should love this.

This film thinks it's something special, and it thinks its leading lady is very special indeed. It's mistaken on both counts. The film is banal, she's irritating. You could have made a more interesting film about just about anyone at age 27. I can't believe I'm saying this, but this film made me long for the discipline of the Hollywood blockbuster with its inciting incidents and three act structure.

Dissapointing and on the whole far too slow, a hundred better things I could have done with my evening..even washing my hair could have been more useful. The critics really need to get in touch with what users are into and review accordingly!

While it’s not laugh out loud funny, I’d have to be made of ice not to relate to Frances in some way. The plot ebbs and flows and is eased along by Adam Driver eye candy. This movie is a wet winter warmer, albeit summer, with the title reveal ending the black and white movie in a warm glow. Or was that the effect of only just discovering the cosy basement screen at Greenwich Picturehouse, or the Oreo cookie cupcake purchased from the market earlier?

Not quite up to the review above, but an enjoyable film nonetheless. Although there is very little story, it holds together well and the characterisation comes through well, especially Frances. However, some of the one-liners are quite contrived and too clever by half for the characters that say them and some of the acting at the start of the film was a bit self conscious. So whilst not a great film, it is enjoyable, reasonably charming and the basis of a decent night out.

I had been looking forward to this after reading such positive reviews. It is more bitter sweet than a comedy. Greta Gerwig plays the same character as in Ben Stiller's Greenberg and other films I have seen her in recently. I would describe it as limited and improvised and not nearly as truthful and funny as Girls. Only for those who like this sort of thing.

Nothing happens in this film. It's so boring. It thinks it so cool. But it's not. I am. X

I was looking forward to this film, especially after seeing the funny trailer....but OMG what a serious let-down. This film is dire! The two reviews below almost sum up the problems. Let's start with the director shooting the film in black and white.... there's no obvious reason for doing it for a modern "comedy" so it just smacks of pretentiousness. There are three main problems: the script is so unfunny (I barely had a snigger, let alone a proper laugh); the central character is SO annoying (no wonder why she's got no boyfriend and her best friend bails out on her); and Gerwig's lead performance is so, so self-conscious.....just try a bit less and then you might come across as less fake. I don't recall seeing Gerwig in a film before but Cath Clarke's belief that people "will walk out having seen your favourite new actress" could not be more wrong. The fact that CC says the director and lead actress are an item gives credence to the idea of not living and working together. Avoid!

Sophie finds Frances' new apartment "so conscious of itself": that's exactly the words I'd use to describe this film. Some OK moments but on the overall trying too hard to be 'so hip it hurts...' The hipsters now populating Dalston and Williamsburg/Brooklyn will no doubt love it – the film is their mirror image, Frances their alter ego!

A bit disappointing, the lead characters are irritating and don't engender much sympathy. Tedious.