India gives LOL The first round of reviews
Story : Lola is a happy-go-lucky youth who has issues aplenty to deal with -- friends, boyfriends, parental pressure, exam stress, a helicopter mom.... Will she be able to handle all with care?
Movie Review: Agreed it's a remake of the 2008 French Film LOL: Laugh Out Loud, but then there are many reasons to watch LOL. First for its handling of teens and their issues aplenty: they want to look as if they do not care when they actually do; SMSing and FBing is what they swear by; they cope each day to love, live and LOL (Laugh Out Loud); they don't mind drooling over teachers; first time crushes and virginity issues are their driving forces. And then there are more -- shapes of their assets, dealing with heartbreaks, infatuation.... On the other hand are parents with teens they find difficult to handle: the protective instinct of mothers; decoding teen lingo (and swear words); coping with teens who have iPods plugged into their ears just when they want to have a word or two; monitoring teens who want to get quick and dirty; ensuring teens make the right choice (bad lingerie is for girls with a bad future), teens and their diaries....
Lola ( Miley Cyrus) has just had a breakup when she starts finding love in Kyle (Douglas Booth). The two of course get on like a house on fire. But then teen love has never been that easy -- one misunderstanding leads to the other. Teen life too has never been that easy -- Lola has what she thinks is a helicopter mother to deal with simultaneously. After all, mom needs to know everything. All this and more till the two decide to let each other grow up. Generation gap, did we hear?
If Miley Cyrus's Lola does not care about the population of China but wants to hurt those who hurt her, Douglas Booth is perhaps the perfect guy every girl at Wrigley High School wants. But then it's Demi Moore's Anne that walks away with all the applause. Watch her as the confident liberal woman who thinks every woman has the right to sleep with the man she wants (In her case, it's her very own ex-hubby). Watch her as the not-so-confident liberal mother who wants her daughter to sleep with 'only and only' the right guy. In fact, Demi and Miley do bring out the special bond mothers and daughters share today, even in this online world. For the rest, it's over to the music -- I won't let you go, to name one.
Want LOL (Lots Of Love) this V-day? Watch it!
Tip off: Can't live with FB (moms and dad who can't get over teens and their it's-my-life-funda) and without FB (high school teens who are not interested in senior conversation)? This one's for you!
Some comments on the website
LOL Review: Script Analysis
Lisa Azuelos and Kamir Aainouz’s screenplay, based on a 2008 French film of the same name, is targeted at the Facebook generation. The writers have superimposed several elements common in the lives of city-bred teenagers on a rather ordinary teen love story. As a result, the screenplay is such that it appeals only to teenagers, especially girls who vie for romance. All the typical elements of a youth-oriented drama are present in LOL: hot-looking boys; some casual conversations about sex; girl-girl bonding and mother-daughter bonding; and a little sex. Why, there’s even a girl-to-girl kiss in the film!
All said and done, the script is boring for almost everybody other than lovelorn teenagers because of its repetitiveness and because there is no real conflict in the story at all. Moreover, the fun element in the film drops drastically in the latter half, something that even the teenagers will not like too much.
LOL Review: Star Performances
Miley Cyrus puts up a very good show. She is completely believable as the confused American teenager. Demi Moore (as Anne) looks her age and does an okay job. Douglas Booth (as Kyle) impresses. Ashley Hinshaw (as Emily) looks beautiful and does a fine job. Thomas Jane (as Lola’s father) is alright. Jay Hernandez (as the young cop) does well. George Finn (as Chad), Ashley Greene (as Ashley), Adam G. Sevani (as Max), Austin Nichols (as Mr. Ross), Marlo Thomas (as grandmother), Jean-Luc Bilodeau (as Jeremy), Fisher Stevens, Gina Gershon and others offer good support.
LOL Review: Direction & Special Effects
Lisa Azuelos’ direction is suited to the script. She is able to make the narrative breezy and interesting in the first half but fails to hold the film together in the last few reels. Background music, by Rob Simonsen, is very good. Kieran McGuigan’s cinematography is stylish. Production design, by Happy Massee, is okay. Myron Kerstein’s editing could have been better.
LOL Review: The Last Word
On the whole, LOL is a dull fare. It will do very limited business in the Indian multiplexes.
LOL released in India on 10 February 2012.
Reviewer:Mrigank Dhaniwala Site:Koimoi
What’s Good: Performances of the actors; a few scenes that will appeal to the teenagers, especially the girls. What’s Bad: The ordinary and simplistic script; the excess of mush and romance which will put off a section of the audience; the absence of any real conflict in the story. Verdict: LOL is an average chick flick. It will do below-average business in India.Watch or Not?: Watch it if you are an adolescent.
- USA 2012
- India 10 February 2012 (World Premiere)
- Singapore 1 March 2012
- Lithuania 18 May 2012
- Germany 31 May 2012
- Portugal June 2012
- Finland 1 June 2012
- Norway 1 June 2012
- UK 1 June 2012
- Sweden 8 June 2012
- Belgium 20 June 2012
- Russia 21 June 2012
- South Africa 2 June 2012
- Argentina 28 June 2012
- Denmark 28 June 2012
- Netherlands 28 June 2012
- Brazil 10 August 2012
- France September 2012