May 25, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
There is a bigger message to “Lola Versus”, the follow-up to “Breaking Upwards” from writer/director team Daryl Wein and Zoe Lister-Jones, but the filmmakers cleverly use conventional romantic comedy tropes to jumpstart the conversation. Greta Gerwig is warm, winning and genuine as Lola, a 29 year old New Yorker perfectly satisfied with how conventional and right on track her verge-of-30 life is going, who then appears to wake up from a great dream into reality when her fiance (Joel Kinnaman, in a fully realized performance that could have easily been reduced to one dimensional) panics and breaks up with her three weeks before their wedding.
What follows is one young woman’s search for true happiness, mostly through – what else? – a myriad of other romantic partners. Lola has a breakdown in her first attempt to go to a bar as a single woman, begins to imagine she has feelings for her best guy friend Henry (a particularly good Hamish Linklater) and agrees to date a creepy roller blader who sings along to Ani DeFranco in bed, all while contending with Kinnaman’s Luke who won’t leave her alone long enough for her to get over him. Meanwhile, every timid Lola has an outrageous best friend like Lister-Jones’ scene-stealing Alice, offering up her own brand of romantic advice like weed-in-a-bottle right before an important date and checking out the highest rated “Best bar in a bad neighborhood” on Yelp.
April 5, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
The indie scene’s newest It Girl takes a stab at headlining the closest thing the indie crowd can get to a mainstream romantic comedy in the first trailer for “Lola Versus.” Directed by Daryl Wein and starring Greta Gerwig in the titular role, Lola is a suddenly adrift almost-30-year-old dumped by her fiance weeks before the wedding. Lola attempts to get her life back on track through therapy, power eating junk food and a series of sexual misadventures with new guys, all the while still occasionally being confronted with her new ex, a rock star who happens to look like Joel Kinnaman. I would be upset too, Lola.
“Lola Versus” (from the studio that brought you “500 Days of Summer”, in case you’ve forgotten) will be released on June 8th. See the first trailer below.
April 4, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
A bit of iffy Photoshop and heavy-handed metaphors accompany Greta Gerwig on the first poster for indie romantic comedy “Lola Versus”, unveiled today by Vulture. Gerwig stars as the titular Lola, who is dumped by her fiance three weeks before the wedding and embarks on a journey to try to come to terms with turning 30 as a single woman who perhaps hasn’t accomplished everything she thought she would.
“The Killing” star Joel Kinnaman co-stars as the aforementioned runaway groom, but he’s only represented here, perhaps deservedly so, as just another photograph of an old boyfriend she’s throwing away. We get the symbolism, Lola, but do you really have to litter to show off your newfound resolve to let go of the past?
Proudly proclaimed as being “from the studio that brought you (500) Days of Summer” (which is admittedly a bit better than “From the toys made by the same company that made toys that eventually became the Transformers movies” employed by another upcoming movie), the Daryl Wein comedy will be released this summer. See the full poster below.