Frances Ha

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When her best friend and roommate (Mickey Sumner) decides to move out, the eponymous heroine (Greta Gerwig) - a feckless 27-year-old New Yorker - is cast adrift, suddenly homeless with no real job and few prospects. Not that this especially bothers her, as she flits from party to party - and from drama to drama - dispensing empty commentary on her own life and unintelligible advice to others. As she waits for her life to happen, and wallows in self-absorption, the proceedings are shot by director and co-writer (with Gerwig) Noah Baumbach in black-and-white, casting Gotham in a warm and fuzzy glow.

Watch out for: Cohabitation, frequent sex talk, many uses of profanity and much crude language.

Rated: L, limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling; MPAA: R, restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2013