Ingrid Goes West

The loneliness of the digitally connected is the troubling topic of this indie comedy, starring Aubrey Plaza as the pathological title character. Ingrid introduces herself in the opening scene by crashing a wedding and pepper-spraying the bride in retaliation for not having invited her; after collecting $60,000 from her mother’s will, she sets off for LA to infiltrate the personal life and social circle of a minor actress and major Instagram star, played by Elizabeth Olsen. Neither Ingrid’s obsession nor the movie’s ironic denouement will surprise anyone familiar with Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy (1983), but Plaza puts her demented character across with an angry, ravenous performance. Few movies have captured as vividly the humbling sense of social media as a gigantic party welcoming everyone but us. Matt Spicer directed.