Words Nicola Johnston
LOL (Laugh Out Loud) is a remake of the 2008 French coming-of-aged drama. It was shot in 2010 with Lionsgate releasing it in the United States in May 2012.
The film follows Lola and her friends as they deal with the pressures of high school, friendship, romance, broken hearts, teen sexuality, drug experimentation, divorce, family, but ultimately finding out who they are and what they want.
The director (Lisa Azuelos) draws parallels between the daughter’s life and the mother’s life. The mother (Demi Moore) and the daughter (Miley Cyrus) both have problems with the men in their lives. They enjoy a close and loving relationship, which is tested in the film, showing the struggles between parent and child, as they begin to grow slightly apart, as they try hard to understand one another and keep communicating.
It’s not just the teens having sex and doing drugs, there are adults are doing it too, which might suggest that we never truly grow up.
The film also deals with the language used between parents and their children, as they try to relate to one another and keep the bond between them strong, adolesance is a tough time for all involved.
LOL is ultimately a teenage chick flick, with many subplots dealing with both the teenage problems and adult problems too; it’s a coming of age tale. It has humour, it is touching at times and has a credible cast, giving some good performances, including Douglas Booth, and Ashley Green. It is shot well, with some stunning locations and a toe-tapping soundtrack. The prefect film for a girl’s night in.
LOL is released on DVD 15th October 2012