In a world connected by YouTube, iTunes and Facebook, Lola (Cyrus) and her friends navigate the peer pressures of high school romance and friendship while dodging their sometimes overbearing and confused parents. When Lola's mom, Anne (Moore), "accidentally" reads her teenage daughter's racy journal, she realizes just how wide their communication gap has grown. Through hilarious and heartfelt moments between mother and daughter, "LOL" is an authentic coming-of-age story for the way we live now.
Lola's high school inner-circle includes Kyle (Booth) – Lola's BFF, whom she realizes is her love interest; Lola's two best friends Janice (Esco) and Emily (Hinshaw); Max (Sevani) – a nerd that Emily secretly hooks up with; Lola's ex-boyfriend and Kyle's best friend Chad (Finn); Lloyd (Watson) who is part of their crew; and Ashley (Greene) – the sexy girl who has set her sights on Kyle, much to Lola's dismay. plays Alan, Anne's ex-husband and Lola's father. Jay Hernandez plays James, a dangerously cute, good-natured cop dating Anne who is able to offer a little perspective on her teenage daughter. Austin Nichols plays Mr. Ross, the heartthrob math teacher, who all the girls have a crush on. plays Gran, Anne's sophisticated mother whose relaxed demeanor allows her to be the easy-going bystander when it comes to watching Anne raising children of her own. and Fisher Stevens play Anne's closest friends and confidants and Nora Dunn plays Emily's mom.
The battle between the generations has always made for enticing cinema. Yet nowhere in history has the generation gap between the young and the little older been more apparent than in our technologically advanced world where there are so many websites to ‘connect’ us all yet so less ‘human’ connection.“LOL” navigates in the no man’s land between the two generations and though there’s really nothing new, its light, breezy manner and gentle humour that thankfully works to push the drama forward than trying to force you to laugh and works to make a pleasant and fulfilling film.And with its various shades of love — between teenagers, people way past their romantic prime, mother and daughter etc, it becomes the perfect film to watch on Valentine’s Day.As if dealing with her complicated love life with a cheating boyfriend, who she breaks up with wasn’t enough, under-18 Lola has to content with her divorcee mother having an affair with her father.To ‘complicate’ things further, she finds herself falling for the best friend of her ex-boyfriend.
Lola navigates the minefield that is teenage life, through the complicated multiple lives she lives on social media and in school that result in sometimes tearful and at other, poignant moments.It shows in very interesting manner how despite so much technology that is meant to ‘connect’ them, teenagers often find it difficult to connect with those around, be it their lovers, friends or parents.“LOL”, a remake of a 2008 French film of the same name, navigates its material well.Though there are many subplots, it does not lose way or get too gregariously close with any one of them. It resolves them with a lightness of writing and direction that makes it a very pleasing watch.There is no attempt at making a melodrama and neither does it dwell on the seemingly frivolous complaints and heartbreaks of the kids in the film. This command perhaps comes because writer and director Lisa Azuelos’s last film was the original French. Movie In HD
If there were any mistake in the original, she obviously has had enough time to improve upon it.Demi Moore plays a conflicted and overwhelmed single mom unsure when to be strict and when to be lenient with her daughter. She confidently sheds her ‘sexy’ image in a role that will perhaps herald the second innings of her acting career.Though the film is about love and generation-gap, it is something everyone would relate to in their own way. It could have been made anytime and would have worked. However, in our times of too much technology with sufficient technology infused in the film, it works even better.It is a must watch for parents struggling to connect with their ‘connected’ kids and for young people who don’t know why their parent’s can’t understand them.
When a new semester begins, Lola (Miley Cyrus) discovers that Chad (George Finn), her boyfriend from last year, has had sex with another girl during the vacation. She breaks up with him but soon falls in love with Kyle (Douglas Booth) – Chad’s handsome friend. Kyle also loves her.Chad and Kyle are part of a rock band but Kyle’s father is opposed to his son playing music as it affects his grades. Lola’s best friend, Emily (Ashley Hinshaw), has fallen for their teacher, Mr. Ross (Austin Nichols), while another friend in their group, Max (Adam G. Sevani), has the hots for every girl in school. Ashley (Ashley Greene), another classmate, is hated by Lola for her easy ways with boys.
At home, Lola is fighting a tug of war with Anne (Demi Moore), her divorced mother who is worried about Lola misusing the freedom she is given. But what disturbs Lola even more is the fact that her mother is having a secret affair with her divorced husband, i.e. Lola’s father (Thomas Jane).One day, Lola mistakenly thinks that Kyle has had sex with Ashley and breaks up with him. What happens next? Is the misunderstanding clarified? Does the young couple get back together? Or does Kyle go for another girl? What about Lola’s mother? Does she get back with her ex-husband? The rest of the film answers these questions.
Lisa Azuelos and Kamir Aainouz’s screenplay, based on a 2008 French film of the same name, is targeted at the Facebook generation. The writers have superimposed several elements common in the lives of city-bred teenagers on a rather ordinary teen love story. As a result, the screenplay is such that it appeals only to teenagers, especially girls who vie for romance. All the typical elements of a youth-oriented drama are present in LOL: hot-looking boys; some casual conversations about sex; girl-girl bonding and mother-daughter bonding; and a little sex. Why, there’s even a girl-to-girl kiss in the film.All said and done, the script is boring for almost everybody other than lovelorn teenagers because of its repetitiveness and because there is no real conflict in the story at all. Moreover, the fun element in the film drops drastically in the latter half, something that even the teenagers will not like too much.