Battling Personal Responsibility and Traditional Values
Starring: ** Battling Personal
Responsibility and Traditional
Runtime: 87 minutes
Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures/News
Director: Daryl Wein
Executive Producer: Philip Moross
Producer: Jocelyn Hayes, Michael London,
Writer: Daryl Wein, Zoe Lister-Jones
Address Comments To:Rupert Murdoch, Chairman/CEO, News Corp.
Chase Carey, President/COO, News Corp.
Stephen Gilula, President/COO and Nancy Utley, President/COO
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The story in LOLA VERSUS is rather simple. The movie shows Lola happy with her job, her boyfriend (soon to be fiancé), and her life in general, including her relatively positive relationship with her parents. Then one day, without explanation, Lola’s fiancé dumps her, and she’s uncertain how to live life without him. He’s been her only sexual partner ever, so her best friend and even her parents tell Lola go meet and sleep with other men. She personally expresses a desire to have only a meaningful relationship. She also fears STDs, but the pressure from her own parents causes her to relent.
Lola winds up having an one night stand with an odd man she meets at a fish shop. She also embarks on a fling with her ex’s best friend. Ultimately, none of these new sexual experiences make her happier, so she finally opts to be just on her own for a while.
In showing all this, LOLA VERSUS shows a surprising amount of reflection compared to most other romantic comedies where premarital sex is just fine and without consequence. LOLA VERSUS doesn’t overtly condemn sexual promiscuity, but shows the emotional consequences and confusion caused by such behavior. Thus, despite its other moral shortcomings, LOLA VERSUS deserves some minor credit for being at least partially astute and honest. However, it does have a significant amount of crude language.
Ultimately, LOLA VERSUS is too slight a movie to merit high praise. It’s simple and slightly pleasant, but largely fluff that can easily be seen on DVD in a few months instead of the theater. MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for adults.
LOLA VERSUS doesn’t overtly condemn sexual promiscuity but does show the emotional consequences and confusion caused by such behavior. Thus, despite its other moral shortcomings, LOLA VERSUS deserves some minor credit for being at least partially astute and honest. However, it has a significant amount of crude language. Ultimately, LOLA VERSUS is too slight a film to merit high praise. MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for adults.