Lola Versus

Lola Versus

Director: Daryl Wein

Cast: Daryl Wein, Greta Gerwig, Joel Kinnaman, Zoe Lister-Jones

     
 

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Teetering on the edge of 30 and freshly dumped by her fiancé just weeks before their wedding, a depressed woman named Lola (Greta Gerwig) attempts to pick herself up and dive back into the dating scene with the help of her two best friends -- the outspoken Alice (Zoe Lister-Jones) and the sweet-naturedSee more details below

Overview

Teetering on the edge of 30 and freshly dumped by her fiancé just weeks before their wedding, a depressed woman named Lola (Greta Gerwig) attempts to pick herself up and dive back into the dating scene with the help of her two best friends -- the outspoken Alice (Zoe Lister-Jones) and the sweet-natured Henry (Hamish Linklater).

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
With a cast that includes Greta Gerwig, Zoe Lister-Jones, Hamish Linklater, and Debra Winger, you might think that Daryl Wein's romantic comedy Lola Versus is some sort of indie version of Garry Marshall's overstuffed, undercooked ensemble rom-coms. The truth is that Wein's film is the antidote for those bloated behemoths. Gerwig stars as Lola, a twentysomething Manhattanite, who is dumped by her fiancé Luke (Joel Kinnaman) as the film opens, which sends her into an emotional tailspin that her loving parents, her best friend Alice (Lister-Jones), and her platonic best guy friend Henry (Linklater) can't pull her out of. She soon throws herself at Henry, but still hasn't gotten over Luke, leading to some uncomfortable revelations at various bars and parties where this foursome of friends continue to see each other. She keeps vacillating between these two guys, as well as a few other dating options, while she tries to put her life back in order. There's a smart, playful vibe in the screenplay written by director Daryl Wein and co-star Zoe Lister-Jones. They aren't afraid to have Lola behave in ways that make us dislike her, and they pepper the script with one-liners -- often delivered by Lister-Jones -- that hit us unexpectedly. The actors respond well to the material. Gerwig's strength has always been her ability to make her naturalism feel unforced and untheatrical, and while that can make it seem like not much is at stake for the character, here it gives us just the right amount of detachment from Lola. Her problems in this film aren't life and death, they're just about finding a little bit of happiness. Linklater's deadpan comic sensibilities fit perfectly with Gerwig's neurotic ramblings. Lister-Jones' caffeinated monologues give the movie bursts of energy, and Ebon Moss-Bachrach absolutely kills as a profoundly misguided romantic possibility for Lola -- their first night together ranks as one of the all-time funniest bad dates, hitting a comic high point when he reveals his musical tastes at an inopportune moment. There is a seeming sophistication in Lola Versus that actually underscores how unsophisticated all of the characters are. Sure, they live in the big city and attempt to be worldly beyond their years, but Lola is unable to deal emotionally with all of life's painful truths. This isn't a serious drama -- far from it -- but it is an honest, charming journey into the heart and soul of a modern Gen Y woman. Lola Versus is the kind of indie film that, without doing anything remarkable or new, exposes the emptiness at the center of Hollywood's formulaic romantic comedies.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/11/2012
UPC:
0024543791447
Original Release:
2012
Rating:
R
Source:
Fox Searchlight
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:27:00
Sales rank:
68,103

Special Features

cc Outtakes Audio commentary by director/co-writer Daryl Wein and actress/co-writer Zoe Lister-Jones

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Greta Gerwig Lola
Joel Kinnaman Luke
Zoe Lister-Jones Alice
Hamish Linklater Henry
Bill Pullman Lenny
Debra Winger Robin
Maria Dizzia Woman Subletter
Jonathan Sale Fantasy Bar Guy
Ebon Moss-Bachrach Nick
Adriane Lenox Professor
Ray Iannicelli Man at Restaurant
Kathryn Kates Woman at Restaurant
Jay Pharoah Randy
Cheyenne Jackson Roger
Kena Anae Member of Henry's Band
Jeanine Moss Member of Henry's Band
Micah Joe Parker Member of Henry's Band
Parisa Fitz-Henley Peggy
Bill Kocis Hypnotist
Izzy Ruiz Strip Club Man No. 1
John Tobias Strip Club Man No. 2
Victor Cruz Bodega Worker
Sandor Tecsy Plaza Man
Rob Yang Student

Technical Credits
Daryl Wein Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Peter Baran Art Director
Jim Black Musical Direction/Supervision
Suzanne Crowley Casting
Suzy Elmiger Editor
Fall on Your Sword Score Composer
Jenny Gering Costumes/Costume Designer
Liz Glotzbach Associate Producer
Jakob Ihre Cinematographer
Jessica Kelly Casting
Zoe Lister-Jones Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Susan Littenberg Editor
Michael London Producer
Teresa Mastropierro Production Designer
Matthew Myers Co-producer
Jeff Pullman Sound Mixer
Jocelyn Hayes Simpson Producer
Jonathan Starch Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Janice Williams Producer

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