The eccentric filmmaker (Metropolitan and The Last Days of Disco), who is renowned for his sly depictions of the urban haute bourgeoisie, doesn't disappoint with a drama about three girls who set out to revolutionise life at a grungy East Coast College. Their main activity is rescuing fellow students from depression by setting up the 'Suicide Centre'.
Expect to watch tap dancing numbers, irony and a clandestine love affair with Greta Gerwig, Analeigh Tipton, Adam Brody and Hugo Becker. Whitman recognises that in today's society, there are social problems amongst the 16-22 high school/college age group.
He told Digital Spy: "I think one of the problems in this age group is an overcompensation of life. I think a lot of the serious problems come from over dramatics and if people can see the humorous side of things, it can solve a lot of their problems and outweigh their depression."
He later confessed that at school, he was not in the 'cool' crowd which set him apart from the rest, but for which he was grateful later in life.
Damsels in Distress opens in UK cinemas on April 27.