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The constant need to be plugged in and connected threatens to crash the real-life operating system of three technologically obsessed twentysomethings in director Joe Swanberg's humorous meditation on the relationship between man and machine in modern society. Tim does computer work for a living, but he also lives for his computer. Unfortunately his inability to snap the lid closed on his laptop is rapidly alienating his girlfriend Ada, who recognizes Tim's apparent inability to communicate with other people without the buffer of technology. Meanwhile, as struggling musician Alex obsesses over a girl he met on an adult website, a flesh-and-blood girl named Walter does her best to make her attraction to Alex known. Lastly, Chris has transferred from New York to Chicago due to the demands of his job, making a long-distance relationship with his East-coast girlfriend Greta increasingly difficult to maintain. Though the pair talks constantly on their cell phones while also sending cell-phone pictures to one another, neither Chris nor Greta can deny that their reliance on technology in sustaining their relationship is no substitute for the living, breathing warmth of human companionship.


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  • Joe Swanberg -- who directed, edited, lensed, co-wrote and played one of the lovelorn characters -- has done wonders with a nothing budget and a personable cast of nonprofessional actors.

    Aug 25, 2006 | Rating: 3/4
  • The inability to connect in a hyper-wired world is old news given fresh voice in this tragicomic indie about the way we live.

    Aug 22, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • The movie is unusually attentive to the ironies of communications technology: Note the subtle but definite awkwardness that creeps into the conversation after a prospective girlfriend casually tells Alex that she only checks her e-mail once a week.

    Aug 22, 2006 | Full Review…
  • A somewhat diverting tragicomic low-budget (supposedly made for $3,000) indie.

    Jul 7, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • [The film] captures relatable 21st-century truths in small, excruciating moments.

    Aug 10, 2008 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • If Kissing On The Mouth wanted to remind us that sex is something that happens in the real world, LOL wants to show us how and why it doesn't.

    Feb 1, 2008 | Full Review…

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