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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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  • 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…

    Emma Myers

    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…

    Inkoo Kang

    Top Critic
  • Knightley, it turns out, is a liability.

    Nov 7, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • A film that takes the directionless slacker character habitually played by Seth Rogen and recasts it as a woman.

    Nov 6, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • 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…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Laggies

  • May 01, 2016
    Been on a pretty good run of movies lately and this one is no different. Though I will admit, compared to Your Sister's Sister, another Lynn Shelton film, this one feels like a bit of a comedown from that. And, that's not really a fair comparison, since not every movie you make will be as good as that, at least in Shelton's case. And it's not even so much that this is a bit of a comedown, even though it is, it's more the fact that the film's narrative doesn't really feel like that unique. Like I've seen it somewhere before, but this is a more independent version of that film I've seen. I'm not saying that Your Sister's Sister was the most uniquely written film in existence, but there was something about that film that subverted the usual tropes. And I'm not saying this film plays into those tropes but, again, there's just a sense of familiarity here that I cannot shake off. Not saying that that's a bad thing either, because, at the very least, the film is good. Shelton's direction is more than solid, she lets the characters grow on their own, mostly Meg, instead of forcing their changes down your throat. I think it was a very smart choice to go about it that way, since the characters end up feeling far more genuinely real than they would've otherwise. And, realistically, when you have a cast with the likes of Kiera Knightley, Chloe Grace Moretz and Sam Rockwell all on the top of their game, then it's easy to make a good movie with those three. The script also helps, it's not like it's perfect, I don't think it makes as good use of its ideas as well as it could have, but the script is solidly written. It's funny in parts, but this is not a 'ha ha' comedy, as it were. There are laughs, for sure, but it's more centered around the characters, their relationships and what motivates them. The chemistry is there, so that's already half the work done right there. Not saying you also didn't need a solid script, but with those three working together, then it's not like you need to really try that hard to write a great movie. Though, of course, a script would have to have already been written before the film was cast. But you know what I'm trying to say here. The story is fairly simple and straightforward. Meg, after graduating from high school, has struggled to figure out what her future is gonna be. All her friends have moved on and gotten jobs, married and had kids and she's still twirling signs for her father. After her high school sweetheart proposes to her after a wedding, she decides she needs to get away for a week to try and figure things out. Which is when she meets Annika and her friends, who're still in high school. She's clearly revitalized while hanging out with these kids. Again, it's not something unique to this film, but I think it works for the most part. Like I said before, it's not like they do great stuff with this idea, but it's pretty good in execution. I think it really gets going once Sam Rockwell comes into the picture. So yea, I really don't have anything else to say about this. Might not have been a great review, but it wasn't a great movie. It's good and I would definitely recommend it if you have Amazon Prime, but it's not gonna blow you away. Thankfully, though, the cast is great and they make watching this really easy.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Mar 06, 2016
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 02, 2015
    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 H Super Reviewer
  • Apr 18, 2015
    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 M Super Reviewer

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