College freshman Tracy Fishko (Lola Kirke) is having trouble adjusting to college life at Barnard. She eventually meets and befriends a fellow student, Tony, and even develops a crush on him, but when he begins dating another girl called Nicolette she feels alone again. On her mother’s advice she contacts her soon-to-be stepsister, who also lives in New York, Brooke (Greta Gerwig).
Tracy is immediately entranced by Brooke and her life-style. After spending a whirl-wind night with her she pens a short story and submits it to her college’s prestigious literary magazine. Tracy continues to spend time with Brooke who shows her her plans for a small and eclectic restaurant called “Mom’s” after her dead mother which is being financed by her partner.
Upon returning home one night however Brooke finds herself locked out of her apartment and discovers that her boyfriend has withdrawn financial support. With massive bills for the restaurant coming due Brooke visits a psychic with Tracy. Tracy interprets the psychic’s words as meaning that Brooke should ask for the money from her former friend Mamie-Claire, whom she fell out with after she stole her idea for a business and married her former fiancé.
Tracy has Tony drive her and Brooke to Mamie-Claire’s home in Connecticut with Nicolette joining them to make sure that Tony and Tracy are not having an affair. At Mamie-Claire’s home Brooke and the others crash Mamie-Claire’s book party and Brooke pitches her restaurant to Mamie-Claire hoping she will invest. Mamie-Claire, who confides to Tracy that she did steal Brooke’s t-shirt idea to become rich, insists that she will have to talk to her husband Dylan. When Dylan comes home, rather than dismiss Brooke he asks her to pitch her restaurant.
Brooke stumbles, but Tracy, still enthused by the project helps her to pitch it. Dylan tells Brooke he will give her the money but insists that rather than invest it he will give it to her to cover the debt she will have from dissolving the business. Seeing that Mamie-Claire is upset by this, she ultimately refuses the money.
Meanwhile Nicolette, who believes that Tracy and Tony are sleeping together, confronts Tracy about her story. The entire party reads it and Brooke becomes offended by the brutal way in which Tracy characterized her. She informs her that they are no longer about to become sisters as their parents no longer want to marry and tells her she will sue. Upset, Tracy takes the train home.
Mistress America is an American comedy film directed by Noah Baumbach. It was written by Baumbach and Greta Gerwig. The film stars Gerwig, Lola Kirke, Heather Lind, and Cindy Cheung. The film was released on August 14, 2015, by Fox Searchlight Pictures.
The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2015. On January 9, 2015, Fox Searchlight Pictures acquired worldwide distribution rights for the film. The film is scheduled to be released on August 14, 2015, by Fox Searchlight Pictures.
Directed by: Noah Baumbach
Starring: Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke, Seth Barrish, Juliet Brett, Michael Chernus, Cindy Cheung, Shana Dowdeswell, Rebecca Henderson, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Shoba Narayanan
Screenplay by: Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig
Production Design by: Sam Lisenco
Cinematography by: Sam Levy
Film Editing by: Jennifer Lame
Costume Design by: Sarah Mae Burton
Set Decoration by: Katie Hickman
Art Direction by: Ashley Fenton
Music by: Britta Phillips, Dean Wareham
MPAA Rating: R for language including some sexual references.
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Release Date: August 14, 2015