Friday, September 14, 2012

Lola Versus: Movie Review

 

The new generation of girls who don't have anything better to do
than complain about love, sex, life and sex again.

Lola (Greta Gerwig) has a hard time finding her place in the world. So does the film. What starts out as a romantic comedy-styled drama, turns into a sex comedy, and then tries to find its way as a character study. But the character of Lola will turn off some before the film gets going and bore others who have already solved her life’s problems. 2012

Directed by: Daryl Wein

Screenplay by: Daryl Wain, Zoe Lister-Jones

Starring: Greta Gerwig

It has taken me a long time to warm up to Gerwig but she’s surprisingly cute and likable here despite how narcissistic, self-destructive, self-involved, and sullen Lola can be. The opening of the film sees Lola in love, Lola getting engaged, and then Lola getting dumped just three weeks before the wedding.

Cancelling a wedding to a man you were in love with after everything is paid for, would be torture to go through. But Lola didn’t have to do that. Lola’s mother (Debra Winger) cancelled the wedding for her while she cried in bed. Lola’s mother and father (Bill Pullman) were likely the highlights of the film as I did laugh at the majority of their lines.

The writing isn’t bad. As the film ventures into sex comedy territory, the writers were going for bold, catchy lines. I disagree with the point of being quotable just for the sake of being quotable, and there are way too many examples of that in this film, but some are funny and some will likely resonate with the target audience.

The target audience is not the 29-to-30 year-olds who are trying to find their place in this world. “Lola Versus” is meant for the mid-twenty-somethings who watch the HBO series “Girls” in between their meaningless, hate-filled sexual flings and their self-loathing obsessions about not having a career. For the majority of the film, that is what Lola and her friends are like. Lola describes herself as a “slutty but good person”. Her best friend Allison is even worse who makes jokes about oxycodone giving her orgasms.

Her ex-fiancé, her best friend-turned-boyfriend and her potential suitor were decent characters played by decent actors. Joel Kinnaman as the ex-fiancé Luke wasn’t given much to do, which is a good thing for the film, as otherwise we probably would have sided with him instead of Lola.

Lola came to some decent, if unimpressive, observations by the end of the film, that it probably would have served them better if “Lola Versus” was meant as a character study all along. But as is you have to suffer through a lot of moaning which most young heroines are too smart for.


Who Might Like This: Twenty-something girls who aren't in a hurry to grow up/settle down but do want to get into independent movies; fans of Greta Gerwig.


Recommended:

Rid of Me (2011) - A bleak character study encompassing the best and discomfort of a dark comedy.

Weather Girl (2009) - Absolutely hilarious romantic comedy with just a hint of self-awareness.