by Tony Medley
Running Time 100 minutes.
Not for children.
28-year-old, Megan (Keira
Knightley) is a woman stuck in a rut, holding a job twirling signs
advertising her father’s (Jeff Garlin, maybe best known as Larry David’s
accountant on the TV show Curb Your Enthusiasm), accounting firm,
still hanging out with her high school crowd, and living with her high
school boyfriend, Anthony (Jeff Weber). She’s discomfited, however,
being brought to the realization that her life is going nowhere,
bothered that she never seems to come of age. By chance, she meets a
teenager, 16-year-old Annika (Chloë Grace
Moretz, who is appearing as we speak as a prostitute in The Equalizer),
and starts hanging with Annika and her high school friends. Annika
sneaks Megan into her home
behind the back of Annika’s father, Craig (Sam Rockwell), to sleep there
surreptitiously. Talk about your quintessential chick
flick or no, I loved it. Knightley is truly an amazing actress. She does
things with her eyes that provide mirrors to the soul of her characters.
And Moretz is not far behind her. For one of such tender years, her two
roles this year, as a prostitute and a kind of wild teenager, display an
admirable range. And she needs the range because, in a kind of role
reversal Megan sees subconsciously that there are some life lessons to
be learned by hanging with this astute teenager and her friends.
But it’s not
just the chicks. Rockwell also gives an exceptional performance, as does
Weber. Extremely well directed by Lynn Shelton from a script by novelist
Andrea Seigel, writing her first screenplay, this is just a wonderful
movie all around. While Megan goes from one lie to another, she
engenders empathy throughout the film. Seigel’s script is poignant,
intuitive and funny. Shelton keeps the pace moving so one
never gets antsy.
As to the
title, it seems to be a word coined by Seigel. Says she, “Where I grew
up if someone was slow and aimless, you’d call them a ‘laggie.’ “It must
be a local thing because other people aren’t familiar with the term.”
or no, coined words or no, this is a winner.