Flash Movie Review: Laggies

You may know some who are being shoved to it, kicking and screaming. I personally continue to look for alternative routes to avoid its constant creep towards me. There are some people who run head-on to that point of time where they will finally be considered a grown-up. What is wrong with them? Yes, I know there are many advantages to being an adult; I am not knocking it. I really wish the knowledge I have now in my adult life had come earlier when I was younger. Now you have to admit all those responsibilities that come with being a grown-up can be daunting at times. At some point a majority of us will have to take on the duty of paying bills, maintaining a livable space and cleaning it; though I do not know what all the buzz is about cleaning, the space just gets dirty again. For those who want to have a family, they then extend themselves into child rearing; it never ends! Oh for those times where one could be free to do whatever they want, whenever they want, not having to be accountable to anyone. Looking at the world around us, I have to tell you it really takes courage these days to be an adult. Β  Β THOUGH she was highly educated Megan, played by Keira Knightley (Begin Again, Anna Karenina) did not have much motivation. When her boyfriend Anthony, played by Mark Webber (The Memory Thief, Scott Pilgrim vs the World), surprised her at a friend’s wedding by getting down on one knee to propose to her, it was too much for Megan to handle. She found herself shortly thereafter at a convenience store where 16 year old Annika, played by Chloe Grace Moretz (The Equalizer, If I Stay), and her friends were hanging out looking for someone to buy them alcohol. The two women would start a friendship that would change their lives. Directed by Lynn Shelton (Safety Not Guaranteed, Your Sister’s Sister) this comedic romance had good potential. Lynn let the actors tell the story in a straightforward way that seemed real to me. The acting was good and I really enjoyed seeing Sam Rockwell (The Way Way Back, Seven Psychopaths) playing Annika’s dad Craig. One of the issues I had with this film had to do with the story; there were parts that were too far-fetched for me. I was sitting in my seat thinking that could never happen. Though I enjoyed Lynn’s earlier films, this movie was slow moving. Maybe it needed more exploration of the characters but I felt scenes were starting to repeat themselves with nothing new added. How ironic that I found myself looking at the screen and thinking will these people just grow up already.

 

2 1/4 starsΒ 

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on November 15, 2014, in Comedy and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 22 Comments.

  1. It looks great!! gracias!!

  2. You are right! It never ends… A friend call it “circle of hell” πŸ˜€

  3. You were much kinder to this movie than I was..hahahaha I gave it a D- .. That someone in their mid-late 20’s would not only befriend high school kids but without question or any awkwardness stay at their house, hook up w/their dad..ok that might happen..ha! but, go to a high school party AND PROM…and total lack of chemistry between characters.. it was to much for me..:D

    • Each of your points are valid. Is “F” your lowest rating? Here I am using a 1-4 star rating. I have always said a movie does its job if it moves the viewer in either direction. Thank you for coming by and leaving your comments, I appreciate you sharing your views with us.

      • Yes..F is my lowest rating..so it came close… I know the alphabet better than I do numbers.. hahahahaha I think I’ve only actually given 2 movies an F in my time.and you’re welcome..I enjoy reading other people’s reviews at times and try to be respectful of all because as we all know..there is literally a movie for everyone out there..and we all have differing opinions. Cheers! and hope one day you’ll stop by my review site, check out a review and say hello.. πŸ˜€

      • Only 2 “F” rated movies? I think we may be more similar because I have only given very few a 1 star rating. Also I agree with you and like you love reading other movie reviews–of course, after I have written my review because I do not want to be colored in any way before posting the review. Thanks for the info and it is a given I will be viewing your site.

  4. It doesn’t help that I’ve never been a fan of Keira Knightley’s three-note chord performances.

    • That would be a problem in seeing this film. Is there any performance of hers that you enjoyed? By chance did you see A Dangerous Method? Thanks for coming by to leave your comments.

      • I haven’t seen A Dangerous Method. I did like her in Bend it Like Beckham, though. I feel as if that represented her early, pre-Jane Austen-esque self.

      • I would be curious to hear your thoughts after you see her in A Dangerous Method. Thanks for the comments again.

      • Well yes, I’ve seen it. along with Fassbender & Viggo Mortenson…such an underrated actor..but ur right she wasn’t awful. but there is no ooophhha is my best word in her performances as of late. she wasn’t bad at the period pieces and pouting..but really after that ..ouch .the 2 movies she had out this year, ‘Begin Again” and “Laggies” ohhhh so so very awful.. but some liked it. and I will give her kudos in the Imitation Game, she didn’t ruin it..she came across well..not great..but well..I could go on..but the I remembered this is your page moviejolz…oooopsie..begging ur forgiveness.. πŸ˜€ check out my page and follow me if you like.. Cheers

      • Thanks so much for stopping by to share your views. And please, there is never a reason to ask for forgiveness–unless you spell moviejoltz wrong, which you did. lol I do not know how you will take this bit of news but Keira will be starring in the remake of My Fair Lady. In regards to your page I have been reading and loving it. You have a fun way with your words.

      • Thank you for the nice compliment.., I write sort of as I speak, plus everyone is always so serious in their reviews..I like to have some fun with it as seeing movies is fun..well most of the time! πŸ˜€ As for the spelling..oopsie..I think I replied as I had gotten home from what I shall call a tipsy night out.. I’m surprised I typed as coherently as I did! ha! Cheers..looking forward to your next review..I’ve got 3 lined up myself so be prepared!

      • Lol, if indeed you were tipsy while writing your review then you really are gifted. Good luck with the 3 you have lined up. I’m hoping to squeeze in a new film tomorrow night before writing tomorrow’s review. Thanks again for the comments; I really appreciate it.

  5. Hhhmm.. the trailer sounds like good light entertainment. Then again, I’m easily entertained. Maybe I’ll wait for the DVD and pop it in on a night when I’m home alone with the dog. LOL

  6. Nice review, although I do believe that was Colin Trevorrow who directed ‘Safety Not Guaranteed’.

    • I stand corrected; Lynn Shelton did have an acting bit in Safety Not Guaranteed. Got confused there, sorry about that.

      • No need to apologize; it happens to all of us. Heck, after a weekend of movie watching my brain has a hard time remembering everything I had seen. Thanks for all the comments.

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