Opening in theatres from director Daryl Wein and Fox Searchlight Pictures comes a story of what to do when “Lola Versus”.

This film tells the story of Lola (Greta Gerwig) who is hopelessly and happily in love with Luke (Joel Kinnaman). There life together is going along up until the day Luke proposes. Lola is all a giddy with best friend Alice (Zoe Lister Jones) doing all traditional things to prepare for the wedding.

Three weeks before the big day Luke gets cold feet leaving Lola devastated. With emotional drainage comes weird decision-making as Lola turns to Luke’s best friend Henry (Hamish Linklater) for a shoulder to cry on.

Lola’s father Lenny (Bill Pullman) and mother Robin (Debra Winger), a little off the beaten path themselves, try to help their daughter put her life together. But Lola has decided to throw caution and her self-respect to the wind, as being single and 30 is more than she can take.

Sometimes we have to reach three feet past bottom to start digging our way back to who we truly are!

FINAL WORD: This is a straight out funny and emotional film. Leading lady Gerwig as Lola has comedic timing and something very old fashioned about her that I enjoyed. Although there are moments I didn’t like her very much (which is the point), it didn’t stop me from wanting to see what mayhem she would catch next. She has so much presence – a truly enjoyable performance.

Kinnaman, who you might not recognize from his role as the dingy detective Stephen Holder in AMC’s smash hit “THE KILLING”, is the lame Luke. You know he may be cute but I would have made his life miserable for that little stunt! It’s interesting to see his character go through his own UMS (ugly mood swing) when assessing his own life.

Jones as friend Alice is very funny with her wise cracks and serious and stern belief that love doesn’t exist – who hasn’t thought that at lease once? Linklater as Henry is such an amazing force in the film and I truly enjoyed what he brought to the character.

Winger and Pullman are hilarious as Lola’s parents. Each of them has a hipster type personality. Winger is the strong mother who doesn’t take crap from no one but also lets her daughter make mistakes in order to grow up. Pullman is loveable Dad who sees his daughter hurting and offers soothing words along with a smile.

Other cast include: Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Nick, Jay Pharoah as Randy, Cheyenne Jackson as Roger, and Parisa Fitz-Henley as Peggy.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “Lola Versus” three tubs of popcorn out of five. The quality of the film isn’t the best and there are a few glitches here and there. That being said it is a film that is relatable and will reach the thirty year olds who find themselves in the same situation of not being able to act 20 and not wise enough to have learned things at 40.

Thirty is an awkward time and “Lola Versus” offers a quirky insight to the thinking of a single woman. Director Daryl Wein wrote the screenplay with co-star Zoe Lister Jones and that teamwork gave her some of the best lines in the film!

In the end – Lola vs. Sex, Love, Lola, The World!

 Movie Maven

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