Laggies (2014)

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Critic Consensus: Laggies may not do as much with its ideas as it could, but it's buoyed by a winsome performance from Kiera Knightley, as well as Lynn Shelton's empathetic direction.

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Overeducated and underemployed, 28 year old Megan (Keira Knightley) is in the throes of a quarterlife crisis. Squarely into adulthood with no career prospects, no particular motivation to think about her future and no one to relate to, Megan is comfortable lagging a few steps behind - while her friends check off milestones and celebrate their new grown-up status. When her high-school sweetheart (Mark Webber) proposes, Megan panics and- given an unexpected opportunity to escape for a week - hides out in the home of her new friend, 16-year old Annika (Chloë Grace Moretz) and Annika's world-weary single dad Craig (Sam Rockwell). Lynn Shelton, whose unique directorial voice created such astutely observed comedies as YOUR SISTER'S SISTER and HUMPDAY, crafts a sweet, romantic coming-of-age comedy about three people who find their lives intertwined in the most unconventional way as they make through the imperfect realities of modern day life. Keira Knightley shines as Megan, a rare female slacker hero who shows us that while you never stop growing up, you can choose stop lagging, and start living on your terms. (c) A24

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Cast

Ellie Kemper
as Allison
Mark Webber
as Anthony
Gretchen Mol
as Bethany
Sara Coates
as Savannah
Dylan Arnold
as Patrick
Amy Thone
as Mrs. Halpsky
Zoe McLane
as Sophomore Girl #1
Dave Brown
as King-Buzzed Ear Piercing Guy
David Brown-King
as Buzzed Ear Piercing Guy
Bhama Roget
as Flight Attendant
Hannah Horton
as High School Girl
Joey Ally
as Espresso Server
Omar Silva
as Bartender
Tony Doupe
as Officer
Aaron Washington
as Young Officer
Basil Harris
as Wedding DJ
Sean Nelson
as Prom DJ
Larissa Schmitz
as Teen Megan
Phillip Abraham
as Teen Anthony
Sarah Lynne Wright
as Teen Allison
Rocki DuCharme
as Teen Savannah
Maura Lindsay
as Teen Danielle
Rachelle Henry
as Junior Bridesmaid #1
Eliza Morales Brown
as Junior Bridesmaid #2
Ernie Joseph
as Groomsman #1
Rashaan Freeman
as Groomsman #2
Kevin Seal
as Minister
Katie Griffiths
as Sophomore Girl #2
Katie Griffith
as Sophomore Girl #2
Heidi Bove
as Sophomore Girl #3
Moses Yim
as Parker
Dylan Smith
as Some Guy
Michael Shin
as Officer #2
Steve Snoey
as Wedding Guest
Amey Rene Morris
as Wedding Guest
Tessa Marie Archer
as Wedding Couple - Bride
Simon Hamlin
as Wedding Couple - Groom
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Critic Reviews for Laggies

All Critics (112) | Top Critics (32)

Even if the film doesn't leave much to ponder past the closing credits, it's enjoyable while it's unfolding, doing justice to the strengths of Shelton's ever-expanding filmography.

Aug 16, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
indieWire
Top Critic

Shelton's comedy isn't just smart, but cheerfully wise; not just funny, but cleverly and endlessly so.

Nov 17, 2014 | Full Review…
TheWrap
Top Critic

Shelton opts for a simple shooting style that emphasizes relationships and dialogue rather than trying to call attention to the filmmaker's talent.

Nov 6, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

We understand, you're having trouble growing up. Get on with it, and while you're doing so, amuse us. Luckily, the movie does a pretty good job at that while keeping things overly safe for its hapless heroine, Megan, played by Keira Knightley.

Nov 6, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Boston Globe
Top Critic

This is the first feature that the talented Lynn Shelton has directed from someone else's script, and it often seems like a premise trying to graduate into an actual story.

Nov 6, 2014 | Full Review…

"Laggies" demonstrates that childhood is tough, but adulthood gives you a real drubbing.

Nov 6, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Laggies

I liked this. Maybe it says something about my own lack of maturity. Lol. I could relate to Keira's aimless 20 something character, floating through life and not having a good grip of who she is or what she wants out of life. I certainly don't condone her behaviour with the two men in her life, I don't think there's ever an excuse to cheat, but I could understand why she did it. The relationship with Annika was also nicely done. I think the two were very nice on screen together.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

½

A directionless twenty-something hides away from her life with a teenager and her divorced father. A quirky film, Lynn Shelton's Laggies has its moments of chuckle-inducing charm, but the story is over-burdened by its theme. For example, when Craig catches Megan in his daughter's room, there is limited conversation about her invasion into his family; rather, they spend most of the time talking about the pressures of adulthood, which is the theme, not what would actually happen if these were real people. Another example is Gretchen Mol's character. There is no impetus for Annika to visit her mother, but she does because theme (as opposed to "because plot"), and Bethany is another adult struggling with the pressures of adulthood. Surprise, surprise. I'm not saying that theme is not something that belongs in this film, but it should emerge organically. Keira Knightley's American accent is bad, but the rest of her performance is okay - just okay because I never really bought her as a younger, directionless adult. Compare her with Charlize Theron in Young Adult, and her deficiencies are blatantly obvious. Chloe Grace Moretz, on the other hand, continues to impress. I can't wait to see what she does next. Overall, Shelton's effort has some good points, but it's over-burdened to the point of heavy-handed.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Lighthearted and fun, Laggies is an eccentric comedy about outgrowing the capriciousness of youth. Confused about what to do with her life, a college graduate named Megan decides to hide out at the house a 16-year-old friend she just made in order to get herself together and figure things out. Starring Keira Knightley, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Sam Rockwell, the performances are really good, and they do an excellent job at delivering the satirical comedy. Additionally, the script is well-written; especially the dialog, which is quite sharp and quippy. However, the quarter-life crisis thing becomes a little trite and self-indulgent after a while. But despite its weaknesses, Laggies is entertaining and delivers a lot of laughs.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

In "Laggies," Megan's(Keira Knightley) life is stuck in neutral, working with for father(Jeff Garlin) by holding a sign outside of his accounting firm. Even as she is comfortable in her life, she is shaken up by first her photographer boyfriend Anthony(Mark Webber) proposing marriage and then finding her married father in the process of getting a handjob outside of a wedding from another woman. That might explain why she buys booze for teenage Annika(Chloe Grace Moretz) and her friends one night who later asks for an additional favor in asking Megan to pose as her mother for a guidance counselor. "Laggies" is an amiable enough movie about two young women coming together in friendship, both in need. While Annika needs an older sister to talk to, Megan just needs new friends. Sadly that premise does not work as well it should, not only because of a rushed, predictable and too conventional ending but also for the first time in a long time Sam Rockwell being disappointing in a movie. On the other hand, this might arguably be the best performance of Keira Knightley's career, even if she does get upstaged by a turtle in a scene.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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