DVD Review: Laggies

Quarter life crisis

Megan (Keira Knightley) is 28 years old and still not sure what she wants to do with her life. She went to college, got a degree, and ended up not liking her field. She's been with her boyfriend, Anthony (Mark Webber) since they were in high school. After he proposes to her, she flakes and crosses paths with Annika (Chloe Grace Moretz) a teenager she buys alcohol for on a whim. She decides to lay low with Annika and her divorced father, Craig. (Sam Rockwell)

I'm not quite sure how I feel about this movie. I can't fully relate to Megan, though I think it's natural that we all sort of regress a little here and there. I could never befriend Annika the way she did, but at the same time the movie really hammers in the fact that Megan's adult friends are the worst. It's easy to see why she would be attracted to a man that looks like Sam Rockwell. I would be, but I ended up feeling bad for her actual boyfriend who seemed like a pretty stellar and caring guy.

I adore director Lynn Shelton, and I wish I could've enjoyed this a little more. The actors do a great job. Knightley, Rockwell, and Webber are always wonderful, and her American accent is on point. This is the first time I didn't hate Moretz in something, and Kaitlyn Denver makes a small appearance as well. It's definitely not a bad movie. I wouldn't even call it a mediocre movie, I just had trouble connecting to it. 

Recommended: Yes, maybe it will work better for you then it did for me.

Grade: B-

Memorable Quote: "Now that I'm actually doing this, I feel like going to throw up." - Megan (Keira Knightley)

26 comments:

  1. I can only relate to Megan at some point but at the same time I feel like I don't understand her at all. Her 'old life' was written to be so negative (her friends really are the worst) that anything to escape from it is a good thing. I guess I just wasn't agreeing with her decisions so much because it doesn't look like she thought about them or at least help her find what she was looking for. The actors were all great though, especially Keira Knightley; she was quite endearing in the role.

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    1. It did seem a tad unrealistic. Like, what father wouldn't immediately call the police of his teenager daughter brought over an adult to stay the night? lol

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  2. I connected to this so much, that's probably why I liked it. I related to Megan in almost every way and for me that movie just nailed those awful feelings of 'floating'

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    1. That's awesome it spoke to you in that way! I love hearing things like that.

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    2. I was glad about one thing - that none of my friends it's like Kemper's character. Oh God, I kept hoping something will run her over

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    3. OMG Kemper's character was the worst. It doesn't help that I already don't care for her, but I wanted to punch her.

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  3. I'm glad you got this out of your drafts! As you know, I'm pretty much with you 100% on this.

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    1. I haven't been to the theater in ages so I've been hoarding all my DVD reviews to space them out. lol

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  4. I've been on the fence about whether to see this movie. I do like the cast -- I may give it a shot.

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    1. If you do, I hope it works for you better than it worked for me. The cast is good.

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  5. I'm so bummed I missed this screening at TCFF last year as I had to finish up an interview. I should give it a rent soon!

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  6. hmmm i'm not a big lynn shelton fan at all, but i do like keira. thanks for reminding me about this one!

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    1. Of course :) I love them both, and I love that Keira is doing modern films again. I just wish this was better.

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  7. It definitely worked better for me. I can totally relate to the character probably because I'm surrounded by teenagers/young adults at work all the time, and I get along with them and it's sort of like this movie.. though I don't run away from my fiancee and hide in one said youngsters house. :D

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    1. lol that last one is probably a good thing! I'm glad it worked for you.

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  8. I'd never even heard of Laggies until I saw your post. This sounds like something I should enjoy though, so I'm going to give it a try. Great review!
    - Allie

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    1. Thanks! I hope you enjoy it when you do watch it.

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  9. Haven't gotten to this one, yet. I'll have to come back and read this when I do.

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  10. The concept is a little silly to me, but I was able to look past that and really enjoy this film. Knightley was totally great and I'm glad she had such a good 2014.
    Lovely review.

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    1. Thank you! She did have an awesome 2014. She should be proud.

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  11. I actually really liked this one. Probably my favorite Shelton film yet. But I get why it wouldn't fully work for you. Still, it's cool that you dug the performances!

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    1. Oh definitely. I'm not sure I've ever disliked Knightley and Rockwell in something.

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  12. Glad you enjoyed the performances. I liked this more than I thought I would, so it was a pleasant surprise for me.

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  13. I was hoping I would've liked this one more. I'm glad it worked for you!

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