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Family Movie Review: Lola Versus (R)

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MPAA Rating: R         Length: 87 minutes

Age Appropriate for: 15+. A few sex scenes involving bare backs and one very brief glimpse of a man’s nude butt, cursing, drinking, and implied drug use. Much of the film is based on the characters’ failed sex lives, and much of the drinking and drug use is used to combat that heartache.

‘Lola Versus’ desires to be a realistically messy look at how an impactful breakup can tear a woman apart, but really the film is trapped in its own self-indulgence. When these characters make bad choices, they won’t remind you of yourself—they’ll just make you angry.

By Roxana Hadadi

Romantic comedies follow a very specific formula, and “Lola Versus” does not want to fall into that breakup-make up trap. Instead, with Greta Gerwig as the dumped-at-the-altar Lola, “Lola Versus” chronicles her bad decisions as she strives to find herself—yet both those choices and the character are boring, lackluster things. Despite directing-and-writing team Daryl Wein’s and Zoe Lister Jones’s attempts to make the film as realistic as possible, “Lola Versus” ends up having barely any impact at all.

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