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Adam Brody Starring in New Whit Stillman Film, "Damsels in Distress"

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Adam Brody Starring in New Whit Stillman Film, "Damsels in Distress"

Liane Hentscher

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Few actors have managed their transition from TV to film as poorly as Adam Brody, but it appears the young actor has finally found the perfect director to maximize his talents.

Brody will court Greta Gerwig in "Damsels in Distress," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film will be the first for director Whit Stillman since 1998's "The Last Days of Disco."

“It’s a college comedy,” Stillman this summer told Variety. “It’s about four stylish, perfume-obsessed college girls who revolutionize the social life at their grungy university.”

Stillman's brand of witty, fast-paced, over-educated humor should be a perfect fit for Brody, who single-handedly made "The O.C." an acceptable guilty pleasure.

And yet Brody has thus far failed to enjoy any measure of real success on the big screen. He first had very minor parts in both "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" and "Thank You for Smoking." Then he finally had a starring role in "In the Land of Women," but it's hard to get any kind of traction out of a part in which you make out with both a cancer-stricken Meg Ryan and her not-yet-famous daughter Kristen Stewart.

Next was another small role in the what-a-mess "Jennifer's Body," the underwhelming ensemble piece "The Romantics" and the unforgivably bad "Cop Out." It's hard to discern any pattern or strategy at work here, other than a dogged insistence on selling himself short.

We have zero idea what Stillman's been doing for the last the decade-plus, but we're happy to have him back and grateful that he's prepared to save Brody from himself. 

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