Critic Consensus: Laggies may not do as much with its ideas as it could, but it's buoyed by a winsome performance from Kiera Knightley, as well as Lynn Shelton's empathetic direction.
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Critic Reviews for Laggies
Even if the film doesn't leave much to ponder past the closing credits, it's enjoyable while it's unfolding, doing justice to the strengths of Shelton's ever-expanding filmography.
Shelton's comedy isn't just smart, but cheerfully wise; not just funny, but cleverly and endlessly so.
Shelton opts for a simple shooting style that emphasizes relationships and dialogue rather than trying to call attention to the filmmaker's talent.
A film that takes the directionless slacker character habitually played by Seth Rogen and recasts it as a woman.
We understand, you're having trouble growing up. Get on with it, and while you're doing so, amuse us. Luckily, the movie does a pretty good job at that while keeping things overly safe for its hapless heroine, Megan, played by Keira Knightley.
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I liked this. Maybe it says something about my own lack of maturity. Lol. I could relate to Keira's aimless 20 something character, floating through life and not having a good grip of who she is or what she wants out of life. I certainly don't condone her behaviour with the two men in her life, I don't think there's ever an excuse to cheat, but I could understand why she did it. The relationship with Annika was also nicely done. I think the two were very nice on screen together.
A directionless twenty-something hides away from her life with a teenager and her divorced father. A quirky film, Lynn Shelton's Laggies has its moments of chuckle-inducing charm, but the story is over-burdened by its theme. For example, when Craig catches Megan in his daughter's room, there is limited conversation about her invasion into his family; rather, they spend most of the time talking about the pressures of adulthood, which is the theme, not what would actually happen if these were real people. Another example is Gretchen Mol's character. There is no impetus for Annika to visit her mother, but she does because theme (as opposed to "because plot"), and Bethany is another adult struggling with the pressures of adulthood. Surprise, surprise. I'm not saying that theme is not something that belongs in this film, but it should emerge organically. Keira Knightley's American accent is bad, but the rest of her performance is okay - just okay because I never really bought her as a younger, directionless adult. Compare her with Charlize Theron in Young Adult, and her deficiencies are blatantly obvious. Chloe Grace Moretz, on the other hand, continues to impress. I can't wait to see what she does next. Overall, Shelton's effort has some good points, but it's over-burdened to the point of heavy-handed.
Lighthearted and fun, Laggies is an eccentric comedy about outgrowing the capriciousness of youth. Confused about what to do with her life, a college graduate named Megan decides to hide out at the house a 16-year-old friend she just made in order to get herself together and figure things out. Starring Keira Knightley, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Sam Rockwell, the performances are really good, and they do an excellent job at delivering the satirical comedy. Additionally, the script is well-written; especially the dialog, which is quite sharp and quippy. However, the quarter-life crisis thing becomes a little trite and self-indulgent after a while. But despite its weaknesses, Laggies is entertaining and delivers a lot of laughs.
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