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Laggies (2014, D: Lynn Shelton) S: Knightley, Moretz, Rockwell



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In the throes of a quarter-life crisis, Megan panics when her boyfriend proposes, then, taking an opportunity to escape for a week, hides out in the home of her new friend, 16-year-old Annika, who lives with her world-weary single dad.
I thought I made a thread for this a while back... but can't find it...

Anyone see this? I like Lynn Shelton's work. This was a nice stretch in acting for Knightley, but her American accent needs some work. Sam Rockwell was good as usual. The film had its moments. I enjoyed it overall, but nothing memorable. I didn't care for
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how quickly Knightley and Rockwell fall for each other.
But that is always one of my biggest pet peeves about movies.

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Saw this last night and wasn't all that enamored with it. There was some humor but to call it a comedy was a stretch. I love Knightly but her American accent is horrible. You could tell she was struggling with it. Rockwell was typical for him but I like his shtick so he was decent. I got an hour into it and it was late so I ended up just giving up on it. I have no real desire to see what happens. What I saw wasn't bad, just no compelling reason to see the finale.
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Re: Laggies (2014, D: Lynn Shelton) S: Knightley, Moretz, Rockwell

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Saw this last night and wasn't all that enamored with it. There was some humor but to call it a comedy was a stretch. I love Knightly but her American accent is horrible. You could tell she was struggling with it. Rockwell was typical for him but I like his shtick so he was decent. I got an hour into it and it was late so I ended up just giving up on it. I have no real desire to see what happens. What I saw wasn't bad, just no compelling reason to see the finale.
I just don't understand why they didn't make her character a British transplant. Heck, her mother could be British (IIRC, she really wasn't a big part of the movie) and father American. Problem solved.
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I just don't understand why they didn't make her character a British transplant. Heck, her mother could be British (IIRC, she really wasn't a big part of the movie) and father American. Problem solved.
Agreed. For that matter it's not like she has this keen comedic timing they needed. There's a crap-ton of other actresses out there that could have played that part. I like KK for her girl-next-door beauty and her "normal" body. She just can't do an American accent at all and that should have been apparent immediately. But yeah, why couldn't she just be a Brit?
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I didn't have too much of a problem with the accent. I have no idea how this is a comedy, I didn't laugh once. It's kind of depressing, if anything. It's predictable as hell, the age difference between the characters is frankly a little creepy, and the plot contrivances play like science fiction, apparently Rockwell is fine with someone he's never met sleeping in his house after he find her in the bedroom with his daughter when she's a decade older? She basically has no financial problems and can live off of them without him minding? The whole thing exists in a fantasy world where everyone has no responsibilities and can just wander around doing what they like with evidently unlimited financial resources. Moretz, Rockwell, and Knightley are good, the whole cast is alright, but as someone in the throes of a delayed adolescence myself, I found the characters relatable but frankly kind of annoying. Apparently you can reorganize your whole life and fall in love in the space of a week by kickstarting your libido and hanging around with a teenager. Lots of indie noodling shots with the corresponding soft and sleep-inducing soundtrack. It flirts with interesting themes and ideas and has a solid cast, but most the film felt dull, a self-indulgent movie about whiny, self-indulgent people that wrapped everything up so neatly at the end. I think she's aiming for Linklater, but though he can meander, he's quieter and more introspective, less grating, and his observational style feels much more naturalistic and warm, his characters more human, shades of Altman. This feels too contrived, too artificial, everyone conforming to rigidly to "indie" cliches and stereotypes and a predictable plot that belies the so-called naturalism of its style. Moretz is improbably glamorous for a high school senior, but it's a shame she's getting older, she does that "words of an older character in the mouth of a younger one" shtick well, and has a nice mix of flippancy and vulnerability. Rockewell also conveys a world-weariness I probably shouldn't understand at my age quite well. The idea of basically having three generations contrast off of each other is fascinating, but it needs a much stronger script and narrative thrust to actually have any thematic weight. Critics seem to love it though, so what do I know?

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