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LOLA VERSUS Blu-ray Review

Lola Versus arrived on Blu-ray recently from Fox Searchlight. The romantic comedy stars Greta Gerwig, Zoe Lister-Jones, Hamish Linklater, and Joel Kinnaman. It was directed by Daryl Wein and written by Lister Jones. The film is the hipster alternative to your typical romantic comedy. I love HBO’s Girls, but I look at this film as being an incredibly long and boring extension of that show. It is basically what that show would be if it were not funny and easy to relate to.

Gerwig plays Lola, who has been dumped by her boyfriend (Kinnaman) just three weeks before their wedding. With the help of her friends she embarks on a series of adventures in hopes of coming to terms with approaching 30 as a single woman. As you can imagine there is a great deal of sorrow and moping done by Lola after this happens. The first half of the film is spent with Lola trying to regain happiness in her life with the help of Linklater’s character. His character has a crush on Lola of course, but also is friends with Luke her ex fiance, talk about awkward. The remainder of the film follows Lola through every possible emotion. You will have to watch the movie to see what happens. Approaching age milestones and attending family parties and occasions can feel daunting as a single adult, especially if you have just come out of a long relationship. Dating websites and online chat in USA are good sources for finding company.

The script is not the worst part of this film, but it is not doing it any favors. I felt as though it was trying overly hard to be hip. Gerwig is the poster girl for hipster indie comedies, and this is a prime example of why she needs to break out of her current rut.  I can’t help but love Gerwig though, she is the main reason I watched the film. Linklater is funny, but his shtick gets old quick. I think that it would have been best if Lister-Jones did not star in the film, and stuck to just writing. Her character reminded me of Chelsea Handler, with enough one-liners to go on for days, and I can’t stand Handler.
The movie is definitely not your parents romantic comedy. I think that there are so many superior romantic comedies worth watching. Fox did a great job of at least making the Blu-ray look and sound good. There are also some decent special features that make this movie worth renting. As far as buying, I would not buy this unless you are a huge fan of Gerwig or Lister-Jones.

Special Features:

  • Commentary with Daryl Wein and Zoe Lister-Jones: Run of the mill commentary.
  • Deleted Scenes: There are eleven clips, as well as an alternate ending.
  • Outtakes: Skip this unless you hate laughing, not one of these is funny.
  • Nick the Dick Outtakes: Clips of “Nick the Dick” improvising.
  • Cheyenne Jackson Outtakes: This is one of the oddest special features I have seen. For some reason Jackson gets an outtake for only guest starring in the movie?
  • Greta Gerwig: Leading Lady: The producers discuss Gerwig as a leading lady.
  • The Filmmakers: Daryl Wein and Zoe Lister Jones discuss making the film.
  • Fox Movie Channel Presents: World Premiere (SD, 4:58): Some red carpet interviews at the film’s Tribeca Film Festival premiere.
  • Fox Movie Channel Presents: In Character with Greta Gerwig: This features Gerwig talking about her role with clips from the film mixed in.
  • Theatrical Trailer
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