LOL (Laughing Out Loud) (2008)
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Three trimesters in the lives of a handful of bratty highschoolers and their efforts to have fun despite their constantly interfering parents. A movie pandering to the teen market where all the teachers are foolish and all parents are authoritarian assholes. The lone exception is top-billed Sophie Marceau, mother of main character Lola (or Lol for short, hence part of the unclever title), experiencing the most character development during her efforts to cope with her daughter's rebelliousness, her rekindled physical relationship with her ex-husband, and finding sparks fly after meeting a handsome policeman. She gives her customary compelling layered performance, and to be blunt this would be insufferable without her. Lola is a decent actress too but her Lola is so petty and fickle that it's difficult to summon much sympathy for her. Their contentious relationship is the most interesting facet, especially when parallels are drawn showing that despite the generation gap they are not that different, a screenplay focusing more on that would've been more worthwhile than the usual boyfriend woes and search for a good buzz. Demonstrates a conspicuous love for American culture (and it's still funny hearing speakers of such a beautiful language pronounce "cool") while unreservedly making fun of the English during a field trip to London. Also holds time-capsule worthy distinction as showcasing the worst dude haircuts in movie history - admittedly they are in a band, but still the out-of-control Arctic Monkey scruffiness is already hilariously passe at just 7 years old.
LOL in text messaging means "Laughing Out Loud" and we all did that watching this irresistible French movie with Sophie Marceau while recognizing our own relationship faults. The movie's title is, actually, the nickname of the 14-year-old Lola, who is returning to school after the summer break... Her boyfriend tell her that he cheated on her and she moves on to his (and her) best friend Mael... her divorced mother secretly meets her father... everyone smokes joints - even the detective her mother hooks up with... Plenty of laughing moments in this comedy of growing up a family in which Lisa Azuelos shows us her directorship virtuosity!
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