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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.

Director:

Lynn Shelton

Writer:

Andrea Seigel
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rocki DuCharme ... Teen Savannah
Sara Lynne Wright ... Teen Allison (as Sarah Lynne-Wright)
Larissa Schmitz ... Teen Megan
Phillip Abraham ... Teen Anthony
Ellie Kemper ... Allison
Maura Lindsay Maura Lindsay ... Teen Danielle
Keira Knightley ... Megan
Sara Coates ... Savannah
Kirsten deLohr Helland Kirsten deLohr Helland ... Danielle
Mark Webber ... Anthony
Eric Riedmann ... Matt
Louis Hobson ... Theo
Jeff Garlin ... Ed
Jodi Thelen ... Linda
Basil Harris ... Wedding DJ
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Storyline

Megan's approaching 30 with a good degree and a boyfriend in hand, but when he proposes at her friend's wedding and everyone seems to think that the best way to advance in her career is to take a seminar where you find out what animal you are, Megan's understandably feeling lost. After meeting teenagers who want her to buy them beer, Megan is drawn into 16-year-old Annika's simpler life. She ends up moving in with Annika and her single father, juggling the life of a teen and that of an adult, two romantic interests, and the feeling of lagging behind. Written by Anne Campbell

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A comedy about acting your age and other adult decisions

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexual material and teen partying | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Encalhados See more »

Filming Locations:

Seattle, Washington, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$69,726, 31 October 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$440,338, 7 November 2014
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Shelley is a California Desert Tortoise. She was a class pet in a Seattle middle school at the time of filming. See more »

Goofs

The position of Megan's scarf during the parent teacher meeting. See more »

Quotes

Megan: Don't make me cry. My mascara is already fucked up enough as it is.
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Anarchy
Written by John Hyde
Courtesy of DeWolfe Music USA, Inc
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Comfortable Sweetness
20 December 2014 | by Mek TorresSee all my reviews

Laggies is all about growing up, with its main character unable to take life seriously. The film explores to several compelling points of moving on to adulthood. Then it takes to a quirkier turn where Megan tries to make another life with a younger crowd where she feels more accepted of who she is. This is meant to be a story about getting away from the comfort zone, the movie does bring a lot of acknowledgment of why this is supposed to be the right thing, but it resolves to a more comfortable type of ending which doesn't live up much to what it wants to say. Thankfully, most of it is undeniably delightful and clever, delivered by charming talents on screen. This isn't probably what Laggies is meant to be, but there is still a lot of reasons why you should like it, anyway.

The film started out in a compellingly tough state for the main character; having less fun with her old high school friends and dealing with other complicated issues. She's basically avoiding from those personal troubles of how life has changed and finding a way to completely run away from them. Once she meets her new set of younger friends, it leads to a build up of a much different purpose. The story carries Megan with heavy questions, but the movie doesn't seem to have the guts of being challenging, thus results to an easier solution with her problems. This is probably not a bad thing, but it could have gone a little deeper. But the sweetness didn't rob much of the value. The film's own charming world alone at least makes things memorable.

What totally benefits here is the cast. Keira Knightley just perfectly captures her character's teen-like personality without making it look inappropriately weird. Sam Rockwell's magnetic charisma just brings a lot of likable impact at every scene he is in. Chloë Grace Moretz does her usual thing and there's definitely nothing wrong with that. These talents just makes it work. The movie already handles its own humor cleverly without making each of them feel forced, unlike most comedies out there. Maybe letting these stars come around and talk into each other already makes for a worth of watch.

Laggies kind of drops its "growing up" intentions and instead tells something about being happy about your own decisions, or something like that. The message it brings in the end is definitely not the one that it once tried to show, maybe because the film decided that they wanted to go conventional to that point. And the movie seems to be alright with that, which is sort of a strange aspect. But the best way to see the movie is just letting the talents bring it to life in their small lighter moments, it's a far more entertaining movie if that's the focus. There are still things that could have made it much engaging, but there's already a good movie in here that would instantly appeal the audience.


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