Laggies: REVIEW

While her friends are all off getting married, having kids, and getting promotions, Megan (Keira Knightley) is struggling just to get by on her job as a sidewalk sign-waver.

She’s unmotivated, unsuccessful, and unsure of what she even wants in life. After deciding to get away with her thoughts for a week, Megan ends up sharing a roof with her new high-school age friend Annika (Chloe Grace Moretz) and her dad (Sam Rockwell).

Laggies is a winsome and lively coming-of-age/romantic comedy full of funny moments and interesting characters. And whenever Sam Rockwell’s in it, I’m there (by the way, go watch The Way, Way Back right now because he’s hilarious in it and I know you haven’t seen it yet).

It must be noted, however, how the film’s ending felt ridiculously out of place. Laggies’ finale just made me, personally, completely dislike Knightley’s character and wonder why I even cared about her all the way up until then. The character’s whole journey was about learning to grow up – yet in the end she is celebrated for succumbing to her childish whims.

Nevertheless, Laggies rises above its quirky indie vibe, becoming a fresh and lighthearted comedy about the struggles of growing up.

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Laggies is rated R for language.

© Matt Tory, 2014. 

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