Some of the tropes are classics. For example, the movie effectively mocks the way rich people like Taylor often have irritating siblings who they talk up to all their friends and acquaintances. Her brother, a preening idiot played by Billy Magnussen, is like a character plucked from a Bret Easton Ellis novel. He wouldn't look out of place in an '80s movie, which the movie's retro-chic poster cheekily acknowledges.
The real joy of the film is found in the specific details: the Joan Didion book Ingrid dutifully pages through, the awful conceptual art Ezra makes, and the banality of Taylor's dream to open an IRL version of her carefully curated Instagram. Even Dan, Ingrid's landlord and perhaps the movie's only redeemable character (played by Straight Outta Compton's O'Shea Jackson Jr.), is defined by his obsession with the '90s-kid artifact Batman Forever. (The fact that writers chose the Val Kilmer-fronted Forever and not the more widely mocked Batman and Robin is telling.) According to an interview with the film's costume designer Natalie O’Brien, the items worn by the actors were inspired by style icons like Aimee Song, Chiara Ferragni, and Tavi Gevinson.