Excerpt: After an eight year courtship, Lola (Greta Gerwig) was just three weeks from the happiest day of her life, when her fiance walked out and left her behind. This emotional trauma sends her into a tailspin, as she struggles to make sense of her loss while forging ahead with the rest of her life. As she pursues her doctorate, Lola also attempts to find a new romance, though she winds up making more than her fair share of mistakes.
Excerpt: In the realm of the romantic comedy, especially the romantic comedy, two kinds of relationship are privileged. The first is the heartrending romance of young love. Think of all those indie comedies released in the nineties about young people trying to find romance as new adults. The other kind focus on the other end of the spectrum, either relationships that need to be renewed after a long fallow period, or the difficulties of finding love later in life.
Excerpt: It can be stated as an “art house romantic comedy,” but it is still a regular romantic comedy . Lola Versus may play out in its own sort of way, but it very much follows a lot of the same patterns that these types of films tend to have. That does not make it bad, as I liked a lot of the film, save for some issues I had with the third act. Despite the disastrous nature of some of the romantic follies Greta Gerwig’s character becomes involved with, the film had enough...
Conclusion: 'Lola Versus' is an unoriginal and meandering rom-com that features irritating, clichéd characters and recycled humor. Greta Gerwig's performance offers a few bright spots, but by and large the film just falls flat. The video transfer is solid, and while very basic, the audio gets the job done just fine. The supplements are mostly promotional fluff, and the commentary only serves to make me enjoy the film even less.
Summary: I see what Lola Versus is trying to do. It wants to be the sharp/hip/smart alternative to slick Hollywood rom-com dross. It wants to be a new take on old school Woody Allen. It wants to be real and uncompromising and true to the fractured love lives of Generation Y. And it wants to be funny in a flippant, post-modern way while still bleeding with I know how you feel, girl sentiment.
Excerpt: It's pretty rotten timing for Lola Versus to arrive in theaters just months after the ballyhooed premiere of the HBO series Girls . Both the film and the series focus on young women living in modern-day Brooklyn, wearing excellent clothing and making lots of romantic mistakes on their way to growing up; both of them run a real risk of becoming self-absorbed and unbearable, but it's only Lola Versus that falls into that trap.
Excerpt: The only real differences between bad indie romantic comedies and their Hollywood counterparts are the amplified quirk factor and the downscaled real estate. Other than that, they tend to fail in exactly the same way, by replacing human conversation and emotion with contrived situations and an excess of chatty nonsense. Take Lola Versus , a Greta Gerwig vehicle that feels like a pilot awaiting pick-up from a network that doesn’t exist.