‘Ingrid Goes West’ Trailer: Aubrey Plaza Is Hashtag Unhinged
As far as the rest of this summer movie season is concerned, Ingrid Goes West is my most anticipated film (sorry, Spidey). Aubrey Plaza continues her totally unreal tour of pop culture insanity (see also: Legion) in the latest trailer for the Sundance favorite — a social media parable in which Plaza plays a self-destructive, Instagram-obsessed young woman who seeks validation through likes, which she confuses for legit human love…you know, like all of us.
…Unless you’re somehow immune to the internet’s ill effects, in which case, tell me your secrets.
Anyhow! The new trailer for Ingrid Goes West offers an extended sneak peek at what could easily be described to your friends and relatives as a much rowdier, (somehow) darker version of the Black Mirror Season 3 episode “Nosedive” — it even includes a spectacular moment in which an unhinged Plaza, mascara streaked down her face, crashes a wedding. But Ingrid Goes West isn’t set in a glossy dystopian future; this is very much a movie of Now, which kind of makes it even scarier?
Here’s the official synopsis:
Ingrid Thorburn (Aubrey Plaza) is an unhinged social media stalker with a history of confusing “likes” for meaningful relationships. Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen) is an Instagram-famous “influencer” whose perfectly curated, boho-chic lifestyle becomes Ingrid’s latest obsession. When Ingrid moves to LA and manages to insinuate herself into the social media star’s life, their relationship quickly goes from #BFF to #WTF. Built around a brilliantly disarming performance from Aubrey Plaza, Ingrid Goes West (winner of the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance) is a savagely hilarious dark comedy that satirizes the modern world of social media and proves that being #perfect isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Ingrid Goes West is the feature directorial debut from Matt Spicer (who gets extra credit from me for working on David Wain’s web series), and was co-written by Spicer with David Branson Smith (HBO’s tragically short-lived Enlightened). The film also stars Elizabeth Olsen, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Wyatt Russell, Pom Klementieff, and Billy Magnussen (aka the hot version of David Cross on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 3), and hits theaters on August 11.