Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig became quite the breakout pair after “Frances Ha” turned into one of 2013’s most critically acclaimed indies, and now the duo has re-teamed for “Mistress America,” a screwball comedy once again centered around the generational humor of self-aware New Yorkers. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and marks Baumbach’s second release of 2015 following the success of spring’s “While We’re Young.”
The official synopsis reads: “Tracy (Lola Kirke) is a lonely college freshman in New York, having neither the exciting university experience nor the glamorous metropolitan lifestyle she envisioned. But when she is taken in by her soon-to-be stepsister, Brooke (Greta Gerwig) – a resident of Times Square and adventurous gal about town – she is rescued from her disappointment and seduced by Brooke’s alluringly mad schemes.”
Whether or not “Mistress America” can nail the observational intellect of “Frances Ha” remains to be seen, but it appears Baumbach and Gerwig’s knack for biting satirical one-liners remains in tact. With what looks to be a new energetic spin on similar themes, “Mistress America” could be another 2015 win for the writer-director. Fox Searchlight will release the comedy in select theaters on August 14.