I love these two actors, but hated the last movies they appeared in (Battleship for Linklater, Damsels in Distress for Gerwig). Lola’s hippie parents are played by Bill Pullman and Debra Winger.
In most romantic comedies, they end with the proposal and marriage. This movie starts off with a proposal, but the groom starts having second thoughts; but as much as I loved (500) Days of Summer, I hated the way Joseph Gordon-Levitt felt so sorry for himself he freaked out during a meeting at work and didn’t leave his apartment for a month. Gerwig has a day or two of depression and eating junk food, and then she’s back up and at ‘em.
There were times this dark comedy could have gone down the sitcom path. One is the best friend (Limklater). He’s got the hots for her, and we hope she pursues him. She has a wacky friend (Zoe Lister-Jones), that’s one of those characters that is fun in movies, but in real life you’d be done with because of all the crazy antics.
I like the fact that when Lola starts dating, it all seems so realistic.
I was talking to a friend the other day that loved My Big Fat Greek Wedding. I liked it, but mentioned how idiotic the scene is where the parents set her up with various Greek men. Each showed up looking or acting crazy in a quick montage. In this, when Lola goes on her first date after the engagement ends, it’s a guy that’s kind of creepy; but someone we could see a person on a rebound sleeping with. And it could possibly be the funniest sex scene ever. He reaches over and plays Ani DiFranco on the stereo. What happens next you’ve just got to see.
This movie isn’t going to be for everyone. The narcissistic and unlikable character traits might be hard for some to take.
I think it’s a nice realistic touch to have the protagonist act this way. Often times in indie or mumblecore pictures, they rely on improve that isn’t all that humorous. You’ll laugh often in this movie. You’ll also think about that one friend that has an on again/off again relationship with a guy she just can’t get over; or you may think about the time you hooked up with a friend.
I think they could’ve lightened up a bit on the hipster vibe and went with a more mainstream movie. Now, that doesn’t mean I would’ve wanted Gerwig replaced by Kate Hudson, or the best friend played by Kristen Wiig or Lucy Punch.
This movie makes me think of the great break-up song Somebody That I Used to Know. It’s different, moody, realistic, and you can’t stop thinking about it.
Lola Versus may not be as good as Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, but it might be the best movie out this weekend.
I’m giving it 3 ½ out of 5 stars.