I just got back from a free screening of Laggies (and if you missed it, here's my tips on finding & getting into free movie screenings).
From the trailer, I was expecting it to be a comedy about a woman acting like a teenager. There would be a few laughs, a good soundtrack, and not much else.
Laggies was totally not what I expected (in a good way!) It was an extremely thoughtful movie that ranks right up there with Young Adult & Girl Most Likely for developed characterization. It's not serious or moody; most of the time, I was laughing!
|Laggies Movie Review|
The movie opens with Keira's Megan: a woman in the habit of letting other people decide her fate. She is with her highschool boyfriend and still works as a sign flipper at her dad's business at 28. When her boyfriend proposes (not a big spoiler-this happens pretty early in the film and is featured in basically every trailer), she "gives herself a week" to figure her stuff out. This leads to some adventures with teenagers, but (despite being prominently in the trailer) this is a small part of the movie.
The script and acting are phenomenal. I saw in some early reviews about the casting misfire of Keira and Sam Rockwell, but both really worked for me. I appreciated that the characters don't dance around the fact that Megan is crisis and that the actors didn't play everything for laughs.
This is one of the few movies where I enjoyed it more after really thinking about the plot. Most of the time, I am along for the "ride" and then disappointed when I really think about it.
One of the biggest issues with this movie will not be a problem with the film itself-but finding an audience. Right now, it's marketed as a "young woman in her 20's who can't figure her life out hangs out with teenagers" dramedy when really it is an exploration of responsibility and the groups we are in. I don't want to ruin the movie for you, but I highly recommend it!