- RatedNC16 /GenreComedy
Rating: 2 stars out of 5
The Cast: Miley Cyrus, Demi Moore, Ashley Greene
The Buzz: “LOL” is a remake of a French film written and directed by Lisa Azuelos, “LOL (Laugh Out Loud)”. The film tackles the hot button topic of social media and the teenage behaviour influenced by it.
The Story: After being dumped, 15-year-old Lola sets her sights on her best friend. This sets about events that will trigger her sexual awakening and also her experiments with drugs. Meanwhile, her 40-year-old mother struggles to get over a messy divorce.
inSing.com thinks: “LOL” is very much a coming of age film that explores the themes of friendship, love and the bond between mother and daughter.
The film starts by establishing a very juvenile, typical high-school environment whereby the main character, Lola (Miley Cyrus) deals with the pressures of teenage life in today’s world that is so influenced and almost controlled by social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.
Demi Moore is undeniably the best out of the lot in this pretty much shallow chick-flick. She plays Lola’s mother, Anne; conveying the struggles that a typical mother would have watching her teenage kid grow up. She did a good job expressing the inner conflict that would come about in any parent that experiences the rebellious phase their child goes through during their adolescent years.
At the same time, she tries her best to understand, because she’s been there, done that, and is able to relate. On top of that, Moore's character goes though her own personal journey and eventually, both mother and daughter learn a lot from each other.
Other than that, the storyline was too linear, and characters are not well developed enough. Given the fact that it is a pretty new, fresh-faced cast, they really needed to work more on convincing the audience to believe their story.
Plot wise, it was definitely weak, and way too predictable, almost bordering on tacky.
Aside from the rather exaggerated, inaccurate portrayal of today’s generation being incredibly shallow and dependent on social media, this film is just way too stereotypical and one dimensional that even humour can barely salvage. Better luck next time!