ngrid is a troubled and dangerous young woman. After a stint in rehab, for stalking a stranger on Instagram, she returns home to no family but is reconnected with her phone (every millennial's life jacket). She instantaneously slips into old habits and seeps into the void of aimlessly scrolling. She finds social media influencer Taylor Slone (portrayed perfectly by Elizabeth Olsen) who appears to have the perfect #blessed life. Ingrid immediately becomes obsessed and has be friends with her. Using the inheritance from her deceased mother, Ingrid decides to “Go West” from Pennsylvania to L.A to fulfil this pipe dream.
After some mild Instagram detective work, Ingrid knows where Taylor lives, where she shops and where her favourite restaurants are. After stealing Taylor's dog to then 'find' it again, Ingrid is so besotted with Taylor that she does anything and everything to prove to Taylor that she can fit in Taylor’s Instagram filtered life. She changes her entire image to mimic Taylor, reads all her favourite books and decorates her house to prove they share the same aesthetic.
At this point in the film, I began to wonder where things will go. The pace has been slowly building and the relationship between the two stars has been developing at steady pace. The answer was all the way through to a sometimes predictable crazy town.
When Ingrid meets Taylor's recovering drug addict brother Nicky, she becomes jealous of the sibling bond and starts to turn into the friend you don’t want to invite places because they are like a clingy koala. It escalates with Nicky learning the truth and a threat of exposing Ingrid for who she really is. How far will Ingrid go to protect her own identity and ultimately remain in with her Insta-obsession and new friend?
The gears finally ramp all the way up and it was only at this point in the film, I began to feel sorry for Ingrid. I sat there during the kidnaping and attack on Nicky in the L.A desert in what felt like my heart was in my stomach. It enforces that Ingrid's judgments are clouded with delusion and desperation that she can still make this friendship work, despite scene after scene showing the jig is up.
For any millennial, this film is a snapshot of what it is like to live within a digital age, and the pressures of keeping up. Stalking has never been so easy. It’s a take on the stalker movie that I think we are all perhaps slightly guilty of connecting to. Obviously, Ingrid’s turn is an extreme case.
Aubrey Plaza (Ingrid) shines in a career best. Her dead pan facial expressions and the comedic timings that she is known for are nuanced with a dramatic performance that is extremely layered. This is film is equally hilarious as it is heart-breaking and without Plaza’s breakthrough performance partnered with the stability of Olsen, could have been extremely different.
4 STARS! Take your friends to this film and leave trying to see how long you cannot look at your phone. (I lasted 3 hours)