After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.
David O. Russell
Robert De Niro
Captures a generational moment - young people on the cusp of truly growing up, tiring of their reflexive cynicism, each in their own ways struggling to connect and define what it means to love and be loved.
Pete and Debbie are both about to turn 40, their kids hate each other, both of their businesses are failing, they're on the verge of losing their house, and their relationship is threatening to fall apart.
Lola (Greta Gerwig) is 29 years-old and is happily engaged to her perfect man, Luke (Joel Kinnaman). But just three weeks before her big day, Luke calls it off, and Lola is forced to re-group as she cancels the wedding. While struggling to find happiness through sexual flings with her best friend, first dates with strangers, and attempts at re-connecting with her ex-fiancé, Lola realizes she's going to have to find herself first before she can find love and happiness. Written by
If it's any consolation, his dick was so big it hurt my back!
Oh, he has a bigger dick than me too? No, that is a consolation. You should go into the greeting card business. 'Sorry I cheated on you. P.S. your dick is smaller!'
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Written by Victoria Bergsman
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Lola Versus opens in a fashion similar to many of your conventional rom-com of the weeks, as Greta Gerwig's titular character is proposed to by her handsome and charming boyfriend, played by The Killing's Joel Kinnaman in a nice bit of broadening his appeal. Before the cut to the title card though, it shows some promise in diversifying itself by having this dream montage of wedding preparation bliss come shattering down as Kinnaman's Luke informs her that he can't go through with it. Strangely, this turns Lola Versus into a whole new kind of conventional comedy -- the "indie" single girl in the city movie, as Lola suffers through the typical post break-up blues and makes many a mistake on her road towards ultimate self-realization.
I'm not sure when this new genre became so popular that it was loaded with its own clichés but it certainly is at this point, as there isn't a single moment in Lola Versus that doesn't feel recycled from a dozen other films of a similar vein. Her parents (Bill Pullman and Debra Winger, their poor careers) are supportive and make somewhat inappropriate remarks, her best friend (Zoe Lister Jones) is a super quirky and "outrageous" ultimate single girl who is desperate to find someone to sleep with her (seriously, this might be the worst character of the year) and her male best friend (Hamish Linklater) just happens to have long-running feelings for her. Gee, I wonder if that will lead to anything. Lola Versus runs from one half-baked sequence to the next, building towards its inevitable conclusion that maybe she shouldn't have spent the past year of her life trying as hard as possible to find someone (anyone) to love her and make her feel good.
Anyone with half a brain knows this already though, so the film doesn't give the audience any kind of reflective quality or anything in particular to enjoy while watching. The "comedy" is overbearing, mostly uncomfortable (not in the good way) and far too rehearsed and any kind of resonance that can be gained from this character is voided by the redundancy of it all. I think Greta Gerwig is a very capable actress and I'm getting incredibly frustrated by seeing her taking on roles in so many disappointing films that fall into the same kind of market-type that she finds herself here. She really should be doing much better work, and now my hope is put firmly into her upcoming Noah Baumbach feature.
Completely uninspired writing and direction from Daryl Wein leads to Lola Versus feeling as though someone saw it crumpled in the garbage, dusted it off and thought they'd try to trick people into wasting their time with it. It's a wonder that something like this was made when watching it seems like no one cared at all. With the 90-minute running time, you're much better off watching three episodes of Lena Dunham's Girls instead. This follows similar waves but can't remotely measure up in terms of comedy or poignancy.
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