The rules are simple. The good get spared. The bad get spoiled.
Directed by Lynn Shelton
Written by Andrea Seigel
Laggies is one of those movies where you’re sort of embarrassed that you liked it. You know the kind. A little too cheesy for its own good. Laggies is very cute and it’s very sweet and it’s funny. And it’s technically not a romantic comedy (Or Rom-Com as the cool kids call it). At least that’s what I’m telling myself. Right? It’s romantic. And sure, it’s funny. And it’s certainly sappy. So okay fine, I’m the big old sappy romantic who liked this one.
Laggies is Rom-Com 101. But it’s still a very good movie. Kiera Knightley does her American accent and it’s still awkward but cute. Sam Rockwell is amazing as always and the man is gorgeous. Chloë Grace Moretz is Chloë Grace Moretz. And I swear it’s like the girl just plays herself in every movie. But we like her. So it’s cool. And she’s good in this.
Laggies kind of starts off slow and unfocused like its main character. Kiera Knightley plays the completely unambitious and hopelessly regressing college grad who’s just going through the motions of her adult life. It’s like she may have peaked in High School. Still hanging with the same people from school ten years later. dating the same guy. Still working part-time for her dad. Just taking up space. And the director, Lynn Shelton, does an excellent job of making us feel that listlessness. So much that I didn’t even want to be around her. If there’s anything wrong with the start of this film it’s that it lingers too long like the laziness of its hero sliding into your living room and sleeping on your couch.
But Laggies takes off running when our hero decides to buy alcohol for a group of young High School students, Chloë Grace Moretz and her friends, outside of a convenience store. And it’s that relationship at the center of the movie. And It’s marvelous. Kiera and Chloë form an odd pair with ten years between them and similar boy troubles. They kind of have the same outlook on life as well. Which is only depressing for the 28-year-old.
And then Sam Rockwell turns up as the girl’s father and the movie gets really good. Again it’s Rom-Com 101. Don’t expect anything more than that. It’s by-the-book romantic comedy goofiness. But because it’s well-written, well-directed and has some good performances, it is quite enjoyable. Ellie Kemper is also in it as one of our hero’s High School buddies but she’s not playing this one for the laughs (except for maybe the dance at her wedding which is cringingly cheesy). So I didn’t like her in this as much as I usually like her (can’t wait for her Netflix show). But I guess we’re not supposed to like her.
Laggies is funny and sweet and all of your major Rom-Com elements are present. There’s a cute animal (it’s a turtle. Turtles can be cute). There’s a few parties. An airport scene. A wedding, some secrets, some lies etc. You know the drill. But it’s not just sappy crappy crap. It’s actually pretty good because it has decent dialogue. Like “You’re so fake. Your fake ring is even fake at being fake.” (My favorite line). And that’s something a lot of romantic comedies seem to skimp on. Good dialogue. Honestly that’s the reason I turn most of them off. But I liked this one. And I liked the Turtle.
So, if you like romantic comedies. Meaning they don’t make you run screaming from the living room. Laggies is a pretty good one.