Lola Versus Reviews

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Super Reviewer
November 24, 2012
Wasn't perfect, and a little slow in places, but likeable cast make this an enjoyable chick flick.

Second viewing update 13/11/2014
I liked this so much more this time around. I have upgraded another star. I think initially I expected a rom com and when it didn't turn out to be exactly that, I felt a bit disappointed.
This is a story about growing up and realizing what you need and what you don't, and learning by making mistakes. It actually does have a nice final message about finding your own strength and not relying on a man.
Super Reviewer
September 4, 2012
Hanging around in supporting roles for a while now, Gerwig has proven to be a likable presence. Her first lead role shows just how charismatic she is as few actresses could make such a self-involved character anything but repugnant.
The movie is full of the usual indie cliches, the kooky friend, the whacky liberal parents, the artistic nice guy and the hunky bad boy. The irony is that Kinnaman is portrayed as the villain of the piece yet comes across as the only remotely down to earth character. He has a maturity and a self-realization that none of the others possess. Despite being on the brink of their thirties, they treat life as if they are still in their teens. The whole thing reminds me of that nineties TV show "Felicity". Gerwig and her irritatingly quirky best friend Jones seem to think the world revolves around their orgasms, or lack of.
I suspect female viewers will find it hard to sympathize with Lola. After all she's an attractive and seemingly financially stable young woman who gets hit on by men on a regular basis. It's a bit like a female variation on "The Brothers MacMullen", a movie where three hunky brothers faced the earth-shattering dilemma of which of their various hot girlfriends to stick with.
There are times you'll just want to give Lola a good shaking. At one point she agrees to have dinner with a guy who is clearly a couple of futons short of a Greenwich loft. She then unbelievably allows him to penetrate her without a condom. Maybe Julian Assange was a technical advisor? Lola is an idiot who gets everything she deserves and a terrible role model for young women. The movie should be retitled "Lola Versus the Audience".
Super Reviewer
June 17, 2012
In "Lola Versus," eveything goes as planned in the months before the wedding of Lola(Greta Gerwig) and Luke(Joel Kinnaman) until he unceremoniously dumps her. At least, she has cool friends like Alice(Zoe Lister Jones, who also-cowrote with director Daryl Wein), an actress, and Henry(Hamish Linklater), a musician, who let her sleep on their floors and feed her, even though Henry is also a friend of Luke's. So, now that Lola is single, she gets hit upon by Nick(Ebon Moss-Bachrach) while buying salmon at a deli. The important thing is for her to hold herself together until she defends her doctoral dissertation.

Like its heroine, "Lola Versus" is a likable mess with some nice moments. To be honest, there really is not that much of a story, just a series of episodes that try too hard to be funny which only serve to put it on the level of a second rate sitcom at times.(Like, who would put on an Ani DiFranco song during sex? And it's a guy!) It's a shame because there really is something here about a woman who is on her own emotionally for the first time in her life and forced to make decisions like what to do with all of her free time. Plus, Daryl Wein again shows his affinity for New York City in the locations he uses, especially probably being the first director to make use of the High Line cinematically. And where have you been, Debra Winger?
Super Reviewer
½ February 8, 2013
It was all right. It was kind of boring and slow paced and was lacking some overall charm or more character development. I thought Greta Gerwig was absolutely fantastic and I think she has a great career in her future. I also like Hamish and thought he was a pretty likable dude. Bill Pullman and Debra Winger did all right, although it was nothing special. Zoe Lister Jones gets on my nerves. Joel Kinnaman was very average. He seems like the kind of guy that belongs on the CW.

I think this could have been better if they developed everyone a bit more. Or something. Celeste and Jesse Forever kind of dealt with similar themes and I thought it was much better than this.
August 3, 2014
Looking for love after losing her love. Lola (Greta Gerwig) begins a roller coaster ride of relationships that lead her to an understanding of where she needs to be in life.
½ May 25, 2013
This was a fairly predictable movie with a fun cast of crazy characters. It is definitely worth a watch for people tired of the the usual formula in today's rom-coms.
November 12, 2012
Basically reading the Flixster synopsis will ruin the movie for you. It's a little cute, but there is very little structure to this or much of a story. Break ups suck so we do things to take our minds off of them. Maybe we think we're broken so we do things to find what's broken or how to fix those things.
Some good one-liners here and there, but over-all so focused on the self involved Lola that you develop little to no attachment to other characters in the movie...except maybe her best friend that conveniently pops up when you're about to forget about her. Oh, yeah, that's because the best friend is also the screenwriter for the film. How convenient.

What do I know? I'm a guy and wanted some explosions.
½ September 26, 2012
It is very difficult to make a film about a selfish, unlikeable, self-indulgent individual likeable and Lola Versus doesn't do that. Where Young Adult succeeded in making a movie about a despicable person refreshing, this one does just the opposite (even IF Lola isn't as awful of a human being as Young Adult's Mavis Gary) as I didn't find a single character in the film one I would like to meet outside of the film. Lola (Greta Gerwig - Damsels in Distress, Greenberg) and Luke (Joel Kinnaman - "The Killing", Safe House) are engaged to be married and all appears to be blissful ... until a mere three weeks before the ceremony when Luke gets cold feet and dumps the soon-to-be-a-basketcase Lola. The rest of the film has Lola use and mis-use her best-est, closest friends Alice (Zoe Lister Jones -- who co-wrote this tripe) and Henry (Hamish Linklater) and whine, cry and complain to her parents (Bill Pullman and Debra Winger). Lola says something about never having been selfish before; but that is all the film is about ... all of it. I could barely stand watching this for 85 minutes ... I couldn't imagine being a person in Lola's life. Lola is apparently trying to come to terms with being a singleton -- and she writes a dissertation about the discomfort of silence which is probably supposed to figure into the story (if only she could shut up) -- but nobody cares. It is as if Lola has problems bigger and more important than others' in the world. This is a difficult watch as the writing is poor (someone buys some "nice scones" for breakfast ... "nice"?) and the characters are all unlikeable. While Gerwig is a decent actress, the film itself is simply bad. You can ignore this girl's nervous breakdown.
½ January 5, 2015
Worst movie of all time.
½ November 2, 2014
rotten tomatoes
October 1, 2013
A waste of my time, a miserable movie with little redeeming qualities and scenes.
½ July 25, 2014
my movie opinions during this time period are weird
March 20, 2014
This felt like an amateur version of a Kate Hudson movie, but with painfully sitcom-y dialogue. Sad waste of the cast.
½ January 27, 2014
Monday, January 27, 2014

(2012) Lola Versus

If there's one actress I'd predict to getting some kind of Oscar I'd have to include actress Great Gerwig into that list since viewers want to see female 'characters' we can identify with without having to dumb them down. And for some of the characters Gerwig has played, majority of them are somewhat a reflection of real life and this character is of no exception. She of course is the star of this film, as Lola written and directed by Daryl Wein who's just been dumped by her fiancé of many years. Lola who was looking forward to her wedding to her long time boyfriend abruptly annuls the wedding. Viewers already have a sense about it's reasons but because it's about Lola we want to see how she's taking it which results to how she converses with her closes friends who're Alice(Zoe Lister Jones) and Henry (Hamish Linklater). One of the funniest scenes has Lola breaking away a relationship by retelling a scene from "The Godfather"- I thought that was a classic. Bill Pullman and Debra Winger also stars as Lola's parents.

3 out of 4 stars
January 4, 2014
Boring....I wasn't able to finish this movie...
October 26, 2013
Why such a low rating? I enjoyed this film. Greta Gerwig is cool.
½ November 12, 2012
The script treads familiar territory without providing much insight into contemporary relationships.
½ May 20, 2012
I hate this movie so fucking much.
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