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Lola Versus (2012)

R | | Comedy | 8 June 2012 (USA)
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Dumped by her boyfriend just three weeks before their wedding, Lola enlists her close friends for a series of adventures she hopes will help her come to terms with approaching 30 as a single woman.

Director:

Daryl Wein

Writers:

Zoe Lister-Jones (as Zoe Lister Jones), Daryl Wein
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Greta Gerwig ... Lola
Joel Kinnaman ... Luke
Zoe Lister-Jones ... Alice
Hamish Linklater ... Henry
Bill Pullman ... Lenny
Debra Winger ... Robin
Maria Dizzia ... Woman Subletter
Jonathan Sale ... Fantasy Bar Guy
Ebon Moss-Bachrach ... Nick (as Ebon Moss Bachrach)
Adriane Lenox ... Professor
Ray Iannicelli ... Man at Restaurant
Kathryn Kates ... Woman at Restaurant
Jay Pharoah ... Randy
Cheyenne Jackson ... Roger
Kena Onyenjekwe Kena Onyenjekwe ... Henry's Band (as Kena Anae)
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Dumped by her boyfriend just three weeks before their wedding, Lola enlists her close friends for a series of adventures she hopes will help her come to terms with approaching 30 as a single woman.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Lola vs. Sex, Love, Lola, The World.

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 June 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La Vie de Lola See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,815, 10 June 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$251,913, 8 July 2012
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's title is a nod to Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One, the eighth studio album by British rock band The Kinks, recorded and released in 1970. See more »

Quotes

Lola: If it's any consolation, his dick was so big it hurt my back!
Henry: 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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References Chelsea Lately (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Careful What You Say
Performed by Class Actress
Written by Elizabeth Harper and Mark Richardson
Courtesy of Terrible Records
By arrangement with Terrorbird Media
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Breaking up is hard to do.
7 June 2012 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"I learned everything I know about being a woman from 90210." Lola (Greta Gerwig)

To watch Greta Gerwig play the eponymous Lola dealing with the cancellation of her wedding 3 weeks before the event by her cold-footed boyfriend, Luke (Joel Kinneman), is to watch a young, already accomplished actress deftly play a doctoral student navigating the emotional potholes of breaking up.

Gerwig is worth the watching while the rest of the film meanders in and out of almost-unconnected episodes with some wit and some clichés. She is so convincingly lost among the ruins of her life that she is believable even when the setups are not. Indeed, it's Gerwig who propels the film, not the uneven scrip of director Daryl Wein and his collaborator, Zoe Lister-Jones.

The film is punctuated by make-up, casual, and silly sex as she finds her way out of depression. To help her is the usual rom-com girlfriend, Alice (Lister-Jones), whose wisecracking ("I gotta go wash my Vagina") helps add comic relief to Lola's melancholic life.

Amid Lola's experimentation with her ex's best friend, Henry (Hamish Linklater), and a pickup, Nick (Ebon Moss-Bachrach), at a fish store are random thoughts about finding the right love or going back to the old love. It's a rather tedious conflict that could be rehashed from some soap and not reflective of HBO's gritty "Girls," if I hear right about the TV sitcom.

It's not that Lola Versus is unreal; on the contrary it is an authentic take on the vagaries of breaking up. However, with as few witty lines and imaginative encounters, it doesn't elevate the argument or provide insight into the anguish and remedies that usually accompany a study of this universal experience.

I would much rather have explored the interesting lives of Lola's loose parents (Lenny and Robin, played by Bill Pullman and Debra Winger) or the challenges of her dissertation on silence in novels. Maybe that's what Lola Versus needs—silence.


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