Mistress America script
Synopsis: A college freshman (Lola Kirke) cures her disappointment and loneliness by allowing herself to be pulled into the wacky schemes of her future stepsister (Greta Gerwig).

INT. DORM ROOM. DAY

A dark room. We hear movement from outside. A key in thelock. The door opens, light from the hallway silhouettesTracy as she hauls in a bag on wheels. She feels for a lighton the wall and hits the switch. The lights come on.

VOICE:

I was sleeping! Turn that off!

Tracy shuts the light.

TRACY:

Sorry.

(pause)

I’m your roommate.

LAURA (V.O.)

My name is Laura...

INT. DORM COMMON ROOM. DAY

A group of ten freshman sit around in a circle. One girl,

Laura, holds a flashlight and says:

LAURA:

...and I’m going on safari and I’mbringing with me a ROLLING PIN forRuth, a CAR for Carrie...

(everyone laughs)

A JAR for Juman and a... a... shit.

She stares at Tracy, unable to get her name. Tracy pipes up:

TRACY:

A TRACKING DEVICE for Tracy...

LAURA:

...Right a TRACKING DEVICE for

Tracy and a...LIGHTER for me,

Laura.

She passes the flashlight.

2.

INT. DORM ROOM. EARLY EVENING

Tracy sits in her new dorm-room with her roommate, a girlwith mousy hair and a hoodie. She watches Tracy unpack, fromher bed.

TRACY:

Aren’t you coming to convocation?

RUTH:

You’re going to that shit?

TRACY:

Yeah... isn’t everyone?

RUTH:

I don’t think anyone is going.

Except rapists.

TRACY:

What? Why rapists?

RUTH:

Or Christians and home-schooled

kids. Nobody really goes.

TRACY:

I think it’s just a candle lighting

ceremony.

(pause)

How do you already know all thisstuff? School hasn’t even started

yet.

Ruth doesn’t answer.

EXT. COLLEGE CHAPEL. EVENING

Tracy lingers outside the building. Kids are going inside.

She hesitates then decides to bag it.

EXT. BROADWAY, UPPER WEST SIDE. NIGHT

Tracy walks aimlessly.

INT. DINING HALL. DAY

Tracy gets a personal sized pizza and a bowl of cereal. She

picks up and inspects different items on the dessert tray,

doesn’t take any.

INT. CLASSROOM. DAY

In class. Gets a paper back. She gets a B.

3.

PROFESSOR:

This is a starting point - this iswhat college is for, we’re going toteach you how to write and think.

TRACY:

(frowns, to the personnext to her.)

A “B.” That’s so annoying.

INT. CAFETERIA. EVE

Tracy eats by herself.

INT. MENTAL HEALTH OFFICE. DAY

Tracy sits in front of a counselor.

TRACY:

Um, I have trouble withprocrastinating.

COUNSELOR:

Did you ever think of just gettingyour work in on time?

TRACY:

(hesitates)

Yes, I have thought of that. I

have trouble doing it.

COUNSELOR:

Maybe you want to try a littleharder?

TRACY:

OK, thanks. Harder? I’ll trythat.

EXT. RIVERSIDE PARK. DAY

Tracy walks alone.

INT. ENGLISH CLASS. DAY

PROFESSOR (V.O.)

What comes to mind when you thinkof the Renaissance?

INT. CLASSROOM. DAY

Tracy takes notes while a Southern girl talks:

4.

SOUTHERN GIRL:

I think of the Renaissance as beingvery plush, like a lot of velvetinlaid with jewels, brocades, thatkind of thing.

PROFESSOR:

Thank you... I was actually askingabout literature, but that was verynice.

Tracy bursts out laughing.

INT. DORM HALLWAY. NIGHT

Tracy is kind of “dressed” for a party. There are a bunch of

drunk teenagers around. She sees a Friendly Looking Girl:

TRACY:

Is the party at the end of the

hall?

FRIENDLY LOOKING GIRL

Did you get an invitation?

TRACY:

No...

FRIENDLY LOOKING GIRL

Then no.

OTHER GIRL:

She’s being a bitch. Yes, it’sdown the hall.

The Friendly Looking Girl hits the Other Girl and they runaway, laughing. Tracy leaves the way she came.

EXT. CAMPUS/INT. JERSEY HOUSE. NIGHT INTERCUT

Tracy sits on steps. She’s on the phone with her Mom.

TRACY:

I could be anywhere. It doesn’t

even feel like New York. And bytrying to participate I’m somehowfitting in even less.

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Noah Baumbach

Noah Baumbach is an American independent filmmaker. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for The Squid and the Whale and is known for making dramatic comedies. more…

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