I have loved some pretty ridiculous movies in my time. In my early teens I obsessed over the newest Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen tween dramadies, I couldn’t wait for the latest Lindsay Lohan flicks, and I always waited for the comeback of Lizzie McGuire star, Hilary Duff. Today’s tweens and teens are more familiar with the works of young adult actors like Selena Gomez or Demi Lovato. In the case of the movie LOL, former child star Miley Cyrus attempts to shed her less than squeaky-clean Disney image and show her PG-13 chops in a ridiculous movie full of oversold teen sex, teen drinking, pot use, and unrealistic parent-child relationships.
It almost seems as though LOL was meant to be a sort of “coming of age” movie, something which, I am afraid, it will never (never, never, ever…never, never) become. While some of the situations and instances that occurred during the movie very well could be a realistic high-school experience (high school has apparently gotten much more out of control since I left), much of what went on was either insane, stupid, completely delusional, or all of the above. Still, while I can deal with and even enjoy the occasional bit of over-the-top drama and unfortunately pathetic plot, the combination of that and the severe lack of character development and illogical, unrealistic outcomes is a cocktail that no one can muster up the wherewithal to knock back.
Teen Lola (Miley Cyrus) is (apparently) your typical high school student. Her parents are divorced, she has a hot boyfriend who is in a band, and she loves hanging out with her best friends Emily (Ashley Hinshaw) and Kyle (Douglas Booth). Her life suddenly becomes horrible when her boyfriend admits that he had a fling with another counselor at camp over the summer. Attempting not to sound like a pathetic loser, Lola says that it doesn’t bother her because she too had a fling with some guy. She then breaks up with said boyfriend, angry at him for being unfaithful. She seeks solace in her best friend Kyle, and begins spending all her time with him. Many a scene is devoted to watching them mercilessly flirt and attempt to withhold their feelings for each other, all while simultaneously ruining one of my favorite songs (Somewhere Only We Know by Keane).
The rest of the movie follows Lola as she attempts to transform her friendship with Kyle to a more-than-friends status, all while she deals with the other rather stressful relationships that come with being in high school (i.e. parents, bitchy girls, stupid boys, and the ex).
In all honesty, I’m not 100% sure what the point of this movie was. Obviously, from the context I gathered that the plot was like that of most teen dramas: parents suck, I’m in love with someone who I will obviously be with forever, and drinking and smoking pot will most certainly help me get further in life. To me, most of the movie felt like a poor attempt at being racy – girl-on-girl, teen sex, video sex, etc., however, it never really followed through. Instead, it gave a very brief taste, only to leave the audience hanging. And that is not to say that I want to watch Miley Cyrus getting it on with some guy, but if you aren’t going to show anything, then what was the point of the PG-13 rating?
What came as a surprise to me was how realistic the plot was at point; however, sadly so. The idea is presented that this is what high school is really like…and that’s horrible, if such is the case. Teen sex, drug use, and If anything this movie should be a wakeup call to the parents of the kids watching it to say that this is not acceptable for anyone to behave like the characters in this movie.
For the most part, the acting was as you would expect from the cast – Miley spent almost the whole movie trying too hard to look like she wasn’t trying hard at all. Demi Moore competently played the involved but horribly out of the loop mom, Anne, though the relationship between her character and Miley’s Lola was not what I would call a typical and/or realistic mother-daughter relationship (no sixteen year old girl is getting undressed willingly in front of her mother – sorry, it’s just not happening). Ashley Greene (Alice in Twilight) plays a stereotypical high-school snot, with a propensity toward whore-ish behavior. For the most part, the cast did their part, and there was nothing terribly good or bad about the acting.
What really made this movie a total blow-fest was the awful plot and intense lack of character development. Mom Anne had the largest amount of individual character development, but in the end, her relationship with Lola was realistically no different than it had been at the start of the movie. The plot was full of holes, and was both easy to read and predictable as well as confusing and jumpy.
This movie is apparently based off the “hit” French movie LOL, and if that movie was a hit, I want to know where this version went so, so terribly wrong, because it was awful in whole. I don’t think that this movie is worth the time of any person, and should really just have been a straight to DVD movie – at least that way it would have given off the odor of a stinker, rather than persuading innocent moviegoers with its lackluster “potential.” Seriously – do not let some Hannah Montana loving twerp convince you to see this – you will not forgive yourself.
LOL – 4/10