Lola Versus

Year: 2012
Production Co: Groundswell Productions
Director: Daryl Wein
Writer: Daryl Wein/Zoe Lister Jones
Cast: Greta Gerwig, Zoe Lister Jones, Joel Kinnaman, Bill Pullman, Debra Winger

With all the other movie lists in the world, I'll bet there's more than enough of them just like this to form a list of 'Gen X or Gen Y Woody Allen clone'.

Five minutes in you know what you're in for as quirky but hip yuppies get taxis everywhere, have enviable educations, are always carrying around cardboard cups of coffee, live and die by their cell phones but have no idea about love.

Replace the mobile communications with phone boxes and you have Manhattan and Annie Hall recycled for every new generation of trendy lovelorn New Yorkers as surely as horror and westerns keep making comebacks.

Gerwig is the sexy-in-a-cute-and-perky-way Lola whose boyfriend dumps her just weeks before their wedding. A circle of quintessential modernity encloses around her to help her through it and you can pick your checkbox – there's the goofy best friend she's probably in love with (and will certainly sleep with after a night of sitting around listening to funky folk music), the funny sidekick girlfriend who's so lovesick and horny she gets all the best lines and the outspoken, tactless parents.

This all makes Lola Versus sound much worse than it is. Gerwig is beautiful and talented and a pleasure to watch and there's enough drama and comedy to keep it humming along fairly swimmingly. It's just that there's no real plot, just Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing theme all over again as the coolest people on the planet try to convince us they're not cool because they have no idea about life (while knowing full well their sense of self-irony is what makes them so cool as long as there's a Starbucks and a mobile signal in arm's reach).

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