HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Don't Breathe 2
Closing Time
Cryptozoo
Weathering with You
Rim of the World
Love & Basketball
JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time
Trapped
We Need to Do Something
Falbalas
Vanguard
A-X-L
Injustice
Bigfoot Hunters
Armitage III: Polymatrix
Girls Nite Out
Moxie!
Five Women for the Killer
Dolce Vita, La
Pig
I Am Belmaya
Lodger, The
Show, The
Beta Test, The
Medium, The
John and the Hole
Survivalist, The
Ape Woman, The
Black Widow
Cop Secret
Dark Eyes of London, The
V/H/S/94
Fay Grim
Night of the Animated Dead
Freshman Year
Escape Room: Tournament of Champions
Anne at 13,000 Ft.
Even Mice Belong in Heaven
Death Screams
Freakscene: The Story of Dinosaur Jr.
   
 
Newest Articles
Hungary for Cartoons: Hungarian Animations on MUBI
You Have No Choice: Invasion of the Body Snatchers on Blu-ray
You Can't Tame What's Meant to Be Wild: The Howling on Blu-ray
Commendably Brief: Short Sharp Shocks Vol. 2 on Blu-ray
Super Silents: Early Universal Vol. 2 on Blu-ray
Fable Fear: The Singing Ringing Tree on Blu-ray
Gunsight Eyes: The Sabata Trilogy on Blu-ray
Bloody Bastard Baby: The Monster/I Don't Want to Be Born on Blu-ray
Night of the Animated Dead: Director Jason Axinn Interview
The ParaPod: A Very British Ghost Hunt - Interview with Director/Star Ian Boldsworth
On the Right Track: Best of British Transport Films Vol. 2
The Guns of Nutty Joan: Johnny Guitar on Blu-ray
Intercourse Between Two Worlds: Twin Peaks Fire Walk with Me/The Missing Pieces on Blu-ray
Enjoy the Silents: Early Universal Vol. 1 on Blu-ray
Masterful: The Servant on Blu-ray
70s Sitcom Dads: Bless This House and Father Dear Father on Blu-ray
Going Under: Deep Cover on Blu-ray
Child's Play: Children's Film Foundation Bumper Box Vol. 3 on DVD
Poetry and Motion: Great Noises That Fill the Air on DVD
Too Much to Bear: Prophecy on Blu-ray
Truth Kills: Blow Out on Blu-ray
A Monument to All the Bullshit in the World: 1970s Disaster Movies
Take Care with Peanuts: Interview with Melissa Menta (SVP of Marketing)
Silent is Golden: Futtocks End... and Other Short Stories on Blu-ray
Winner on Losers: West 11 on Blu-ray
   
 
  Lola Versus Love, sex, relationships, Lola
Year: 2012
Director: Darryl Wein
Stars: Greta Gerwig, Joel Kinnaman, Zoe Lister Jones, Hamish Linklater, Bill Pullman, Debra Winger, Maria Dizzia, Jonathan Sale, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Adriane Lenox, Ray Iannicelli, Kathryn Kates, Jay Pharoah, Cheyenne Jackson, Kena Onyenjekwe
Genre: Comedy, RomanceBuy from Amazon
Rating:  7 (from 1 vote)
Review: Lola (Greta Gerwig) is twenty-nine, pursuing an academic career and could not be happier when her boyfriend, Luke (Joel Kinnaman) proposes marriage. But just three weeks before their big day, Luke has cold feet and calls the whole thing off. Inconsolable after the split, Lola struggles to find happiness through first dates with strangers, a sexual fling with her best friend Henry (Hamish Linklater) and attempts at reconnecting with her estranged fiancé, each of which proves disastrous.

Any movie dealing with neurotic, lovelorn, New Yorkers lives in the shadow of Woody Allen but despite traipsing down a well-trodden path, Lola Versus carves its own territory partly by being hipper, edgier and frankly a lot less despairing than the master had gotten on his home turf. That is, before various European adventures restored his mojo. It helps that this film’s educated, articulate young urbanites do not sound like a jaded elderly auteur speaking through a collection of twenty-something meat puppets. Even so, Lola Versus emerges the kind of warm, honest relationship comedy-drama movie bores insist died with the Seventies.

Opening where most romantic comedies end, this was the second feature from the creative team of Darryl Wein and actress and co-screenwriter Zoe Lister Jones. Jones also contributes an engaging turn as Lola’s acerbic friend Alice, who is coping with relationship issues of her own. As a portrait of panic stricken singletons aghast at waning youth and wasted lives, the film may be overly self-analytical for some tastes, but such is the nature of this sub-genre. Wein and Jones do not settle for easy laughs and make some sharp observations about dating, the pretentious end of the New York art scene and the late twenty-something malaise.

In the lead role, Greta Gerwig, whom Sight & Sound recently dubbed the most exciting actress in America delivers another open-hearted, quietly charismatic performance. She infuses Lola with a warm likeability that allows viewers to watch this flawed, self-conscious heroine grapple with her issues, not in that familiarly shrill, hysterically self-centred way, but ambling along as best she knows how. Lola’s determination to relinquish Luke offset by her awkward inability to let him go will resonate with anyone who has gone through a bad breakup. The obvious solution to this story would be for Lola to find love with all-round nice guy Henry but, as mentioned before, Wein and Jones avoid the easy route. Lola spirals down through a string of awkward, humiliating episodes before she grows to realise people often attract their own disasters. While ostensibly a romantic comedy, the film is less concerned with the quick fix of new love and more about learning to cope with failed relationships in a mature fashion. In short, it is a film about growing up.

Amidst a wholly engaging ensemble, there are welcome supporting turns from Bill Pullman and Debra Winger as Lola’s easygoing, hippie liberal parents. The latter snags one of the funniest running gags as, worried about her waning prospects for grandchildren, she urges Lola to freeze her eggs: “My friend Debbie did it. She has eggs all over the city!”

Reviewer: Andrew Pragasam

 

This review has been viewed 1796 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
Jason Cook
Enoch Sneed
  Desbris M
  Paul Tuersley
  Chris Garbutt
   

 

Last Updated: