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Laggies

Laggies

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In Theatres: 
Nov 07, 2014
Grade:
B+
Running Time: 
99 minutes
I was easily pulled in by the trailer for Laggies.  I could not recall another movie where the focus is on a full grown woman who is allowed to be a “failure”.  In so many films, women are the most perfectly mature characters on screen.  So mature, in fact, they’re often shown as shrill, demanding, ruining the good time their male counterparts. Women are the ones who remind the men of their commitments and groan that they should do better. 
 
Megan (Keira Knightley) is a multi-degreed twenty-eight year old living in Seattle who lacks direction.  All of her friends are solidly middle-upper class, getting married, having babies, and brunch in pastels. In the meantime Megan twirls a sign for her father’s accounting business and uses his adoration as a shield when mother attempts to discuss her future plans. Megan isn’t where she thought she’d be, she isn’t quite sure where that should be, and her friends are starting to notice. When Megan’s rather annoying and milquetoast boyfriend, Anthony (played to perfection by Mark Webber) proposes marriage, Megan begins to feel the walls closing in. To make matter worse, she catches her father cheating.
 
Annika (Chloe Grace Moretz) is in a similar place of confusion when she and her friends beg Megan to purchase alcohol for them. Feeling vulnerable, Megan not only agrees, but spends the night hanging out with the teens, as it seems they’re the only people who feel like her. They’re all similarly nervous, experiencing parental implosion, and unsure about their romantic relationships just as Megan is. Oddly or not, Megan feels far less displaced among them than her own life long friends. 
 
When home starts to feel strange and strangers start to feel like home, what do you do?
 
With the pressure on, Megan decides to drop out of her life for a week and spend it with Annika. Adventures of the conventional and unconventional occur. Mistakes are made, minds changed, and lives redirected. Sam Rockwell portrays Annika’s slightly bitter, but very humorous father. He’s confused by Megan’s choice, but her dilemma peaks his interest.
 
Laggies is charming, well acted, and passes the Bechdel Test with flying colors. I appreciate that it was made at all.  While it has been proven time and time again that films starring women can make big money, films starring female characters are still far from parity of those staring men. And while there is romance and humor in this film, it is not a romantic comedy. Love is not Megan’s goal and it does not automatically fix everything and that is fantastic. She’s imperfect and it’s part of her charm.
Maria Jackson
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