Leap Year

Greta Gerwig's star turn as a 27-year-old on the verge

Twenty-seven is a dangerous year. It's a lethal age for rock stars (Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse--all dead at 27). Brainpower starts to decline around 27, or so says a study out of the University of Virginia. And according to actress Greta Gerwig, 27 is the last time you're allowed to ask a guest, "Do you want to see my room?"

Gerwig knows a lot about the importance of being 27. It's the subject of her new film, Frances Ha (in limited release May 17), which she stars in and co-wrote with director Noah Baumbach, who...

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