Ingrid Goes West is a hilarious dark comedy version of Single White Female, starring Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen. A commentary on our social media obsessed world, which is hilarious, biting and surprisingly moving. So many people through their daily update streams have develop connections that doesn’t really exist. They live in fantasy version of the lives they want to live and not the imperfect reality of day to day.
Aubrey Plaza plays a mentally disturbed woman named Ingrid who becomes obsessed with an Instagram celebrity named Taylor Sloane (played by the wonderful Elizabeth Olsen) who appears to have the perfect life. Ingrid decides to use her inheritance to pack up and move to Los Angeles with plans to befriend Taylor in real life. The result is more dark comedy than psychological thriller, providing laughs in horrifying circumstances.
Wyatt Russell (22 Jump Street), plays Taylor’s husband, an artist who slaps hashtags over landscape paintings and who takes a liking to Ingrid. Enter Nicky (Billy Magnussen), Taylor’s loud-mouthed, bully who see through Ingrid’s veneer.
Olsen is great, but what else is new. Plaza is impressive wholly inhabiting this mentally unstable woman. She is sad and empathic. Magnussen is terrifically obnoxious, but it’s O’Shea Jackson Jr. who gives the breakout performance of the film. Jackson Jr., the rapper son of Ice Cube, who portrayed his father in Straight Outta Compton, plays Ingrid’s neighbor who is an aspiring screenwriter obsessed with Batman.
The film is directed by first time feature director Matt Spicer and written by Spicer and David Branson Smith. Spicer is the writer on Disney’s upcoming Magic Camp and The Rocketeers. The story progresses in a compelling and engaging manner, with a few surprises along the way.