Scott Marks 3:30 p.m., Dec. 24
Damsels in Distress
Writer and director Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, Last Days of Disco) fumbles in his renewed quest to be our WASP Woody Allen. On a generic college campus, prim coeds at a suicide-prevention center exchange snippy witticisms and contend with fraternity boors. Attitude prevails, and the almost private gags (about men, depression, tap dancing, the Cathars, etc.) are like cartoon balloons looking for their frames. Lousy lighting and crude editing climax in a painful, sub-Astaire dance number. Beautiful Megalyn Echikunwoke has verbal tang; the more feebly used include Greta Gerwig, Analeigh Tipton, Carrie MacLemore, and San Diego’s Adam Brody. 2012.