What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lola Versus is an indie dramedy that focuses on the lives of a 29-year-old who was left at the altar and her friends. They're all single, many are looking for love, and their love lives and sex lives are explored. A handful of scenes portray characters hooking up; there's plenty of making out and some grinding, but no nudity aside from bare backs and a blink-and-you'll-miss-it glimpse of a naked backside. Characters also swear ("s--t," "f--k," etc.), drink (sometimes to the point of inebriation), smoke pot, and quarrel.
What's the story?
Lola (Greta Gerwig), a Ph.D. student and writer, is in love with her artist boyfriend, Luke (Joel Kinnaman). So it's no surprise that when he proposes to her, she readily accepts. But just when they're about to jet off for their destination wedding, Luke balks, sending Lola into a tailspin that leaves her drinking a little too much; eating outside of her usually disciplined, macrobiotic diet; relying heavily on the counsel of her loyal best friend (Zoe Lister Jones); and sleeping with both an old friend and a new acquaintance and being unsure of either. And then there's Luke, who still has a presence in her life.
Is it any good?
Gerwig has such an expressive face. When it's doleful, we're sad. When it's happy, we light up. This makes her the perfect lead for LOLA VERSUS, which captures the tumultuous months after a hard break-up. Lola Versus captures a lot of the weirdness and discomfort of the twentysomething years, when everyone's still trying to figure out which road to take and, more important, whether it leads to where they actually want to go.
That said, while Lola understandably aches a lot, Lola Versus is too self-conscious about it. Lister-Jones is awesome, but her character seems like a caricature, her dialogue too on-the-nose rat-a-tat. In fact, nobody except Lola seems clear and crisp. It's OK to ride along on the journey of someone who's lost, but let the audience get to know their fellow passengers beyond the superficial and the cinematically cute.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how Lola Versus' twentysomething characters are depicted. Why do their romantic relationships seem fluid and confusing? Is this realistic or an exaggeration?
Does the movie deal with Lola's break-up in typical Hollywood fashion? What is it saying about the event?
|Theatrical release date:||June 8, 2012|
|DVD release date:||September 11, 2012|
|Cast:||Greta Gerwig, Joel Kinnaman, Zoe Lister Jones|
|Topics:||Friendship, Great girl role models|
|Run time:||86 minutes|
|MPAA explanation:||language, sexuality and drug use|