There are still people who believe that people who are truly mentally ill don’t talk publicly about it and this movie helps cement this damaging idea in their minds.
[TW: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR INGRID GOES WEST &
DISCUSSES SUICIDE] By Sarah Khan When I saw the advert for Ingrid Goes West and saw that it starred two of my personal favourite actresses working today—Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen—I was damned excited to watch it. I did so last weekend and though I went in with a decent idea of what to expect from the film, the irresponsible and problematic ending ruined the entire experience for me. Ingrid Goes West is the story of Ingrid Thorburn (Plaza), a 20-something woman who, since the death of her mother, has been developing unhealthy and one-sided obsessions with Instagram personalities. The movie opens with Ingrid spraying mace into the face of a bride, who happened to be someone Ingrid had been obsessively following on Instagram. The next few scenes show Ingrid in a mental health facility getting the help it’s obvious she needs and when she’s released (and regains possession of her iPhone), she returns home and falls back into her addiction to Instagram. In a magazine, she reads about Taylor Sloane (Olsen), an LA-based artist who documents her enviable life through Instagram. Ingrid begins to follow her and after one interaction with Taylor via Instagram comments, Ingrid takes the substantial amount of money she inherited after her mother’s death and moves west to Los Angeles. Once there, she spots Taylor at a local store and follows her home, then kidnaps her dog in order to meet Taylor and her husband, Ezra. Having successfully inserted herself into Taylor’s life with lies and manipulation, Ingrid’s new life is threatened by the arrival of Taylor’s brother, Nicky (Billy Magnussen), who eventually exposes Ingrid leading to her being shunned by her so-called friends on whom she spies through the house next door, which she used the last of her money to purchase.