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  • Summary: Having spent her twenties comfortably inert, 28 year old Megan (Keira Knightley) reaches a crisis when she finds herself squarely in adulthood with no career prospects, no particular motivation to pursue any and no one to relate to, including her high school boyfriend (Mark Webber). When heHaving spent her twenties comfortably inert, 28 year old Megan (Keira Knightley) reaches a crisis when she finds herself squarely in adulthood with no career prospects, no particular motivation to pursue any and no one to relate to, including her high school boyfriend (Mark Webber). When he proposes, Megan panics and given an opportunity to escape - at least temporarily - she hides out in the home of her new friend, 16-year-old Annika (Chloë Grace Moretz) and Annika's world-weary single dad (Sam Rockwell). Expand
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Oct 21, 2014
    90
    Shelton's comedy isn't just smart, but cheerfully wise; not just funny, but cleverly and endlessly so.
  2. Reviewed by: Drew McWeeny
    Oct 21, 2014
    75
    It's a gentle, amiable, sincere little movie, and we could use about a hundred more Lynn Sheltons in this business, making movies that feel this lived in, this true.
  3. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Nov 7, 2014
    75
    Laggies doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it puts an engaging spin on the old canard about high school being the best years of our lives.
  4. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Oct 30, 2014
    63
    Laggies possesses irrepressible cheer, optimism and an innate sense of ease that often go missing in angstier productions loosely organized under “Aging, fear of.” Unlike its sometimes annoyingly wishy-washy heroine, this is a movie that knows just where it’s going, and finds joy in the journey.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Nov 7, 2014
    60
    Even when Laggies strains against its contrived conceit, his (Rockwell) chemistry with Knightley goes a long way in classing up the joint and making Shelton's film feel just deep enough to pass muster.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Oct 24, 2014
    58
    Laggies itself isn’t exactly slow – its pace is pleasantly meandering – and it’s far from aimless, although what it’s aiming for isn’t always clear.
  7. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Oct 22, 2014
    40
    As Laggies piles up one scene after another of Megan’s boyfriend and all her old high-school chums acting exaggeratedly square, the movie’s comic point of view becomes overpoweringly sour and predictable.

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  1. Nov 3, 2014
    6
    LAGGIES perfectly symbolizes everything right and wrong with the current indie film scene. On the one hand, the film, like others includingLAGGIES perfectly symbolizes everything right and wrong with the current indie film scene. On the one hand, the film, like others including JUNO, THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT, ENOUGH SAID, and FRANCES HA, capture the feel and sound of modern American life. They capture us now. The complexity, the selfishness, the difficulties, but mostly the sound and rhythm of urban America for a certain class. They even throw their protagonists so many obstacles that a person could just break down and die or worse, live a miserable life like a Cassavetes character. Unfortunately, and here's the rub, LAGGIES like the other films mentioned can't resist a Hollywood cliche or a happy Hollywood ending. It's shameful and feels like pandering, which is what it is. LAGGIES has so much going for it that the end with its tidy little bow kind of pissed me off. Expand

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