When you want to enjoy a slick romantic comedy there’s nothing more entertaining than a coming of age story from director Lynn Shelton, especially when it involves love and friendship along with a great deal of coziness that makes you feel like your own wavering instincts are shown onto the screen. That’s exactly how Laggies feels like because it’s a comedy so well written that becomes easy to decipher from every standpoint, although the title is a little dopey.
The story of Megan (Keira Knightley), a woman very close to the age of 30, starts off with the depiction of her current life that seems deadlocked career wise and far from being what anybody else would want for themselves. She creates the impression of a clueless person that has no aspiration or ambition while her high school friends are getting married or having kids. She refuses to use her advanced degree in family therapy and she’s constantly behaving like a kid around her father (Jaff Garlin).
Overwhelmed by a marriage proposal from her long term boyfriend (Mark Webber) Megan takes some time away to think it through and meets a 16-year-old high school student Annika (Chloe Grace Moretz). She moves in with Annika and her dad Craig (Sam Rockwell) for a week while she tries to find out what she wants from life. While lying to her boyfriend that she is at a life management seminar, Megan founds herself in the middle of sorting out her lack of decision making, stricken by the thought of an uncertain future. Despite of being an over-educated young woman Megan cannot make a decision regarding her lifestyle and starts hanging out with Annika and her group of friends.
The plot is written with wit and manages to create a clever story that develops in a normal and enjoyable pace, nuanced by playfulness and congeniality, especially when the characters don’t fall under the circumstances of a rough stereotype. It’s really special to be able to see the portraying of such a sweet and rational adolescent like Annika and a woman with a very well defined cordial personality like Megan. To complete this comes the character of Annika’s dad, Craig that is humorously brilliant and sensible.
The actors’ performances are strong and able to deliver moments of sympathetic truth in a very solid indie manner. The characters of the movie are outlined in a very modern, urban fashion, with the right dosage of unpredictability that makes this movie a very smart romantic comedy about adulthood and decision making easy to enjoy in a lazy Sunday afternoon.