Barnaby Monk 5 a.m., Aug. 24
Review: Lola Versus
"Men are always looking for something better. Women settle for what they get."
That's the war cry of freshly dumped Lola (Greta Gerwig), the 29-year-old New Yorker unceremoniously kicked to the curb by her dreamy but hopelessly hollow boyfriend Luke (human-Oreck Joel Kinnaman) a scant three weeks prior to the ceremony.
Due to her penchant for constantly finding something attractive in men who punish her, it's important that Lola have a solid support system watching her back. With parents like Debra Winger and Bill Pullman, it's clear that she is a descendant of good cinematic breeding stock.
Dad's advice: "Shake life up a little bit!" Shake it, don't break it as Lola almost does by sleeping with her lovelorn friend Henry (Hamish Linklater). There's also yente BFF (and co-screenwriter) Alice (Zoe Lister Jones), Lola's Prickley (as in Edith) sidekick who is not as funny and even more annoying.
Once again it's Gerwig's show -- the actress stole every frame she graced in Greenberg and No Strings Attached -- and one can only hope Lola will be her ticket to more exposure. (Gerwig will next be seen in Woody Allen's To Rome With Love.)
Alone for the first time, Lola learns to accept blame for the hell that is her life and realizes that sometimes it's better to be happy and single than miserable and in love. Brought to you by real-life couple Jones and Daryl Wein (Breaking Upwards), Lola Versus is everything a smart, funny date-night at the movies should be, but more often than not isn't.
Lola Versus opens today at AMC Fashion Valley and AMC La Jolla. Click for showtimes.
- Reader Rating: Three Stars
- Rated R
- 87 min.
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