Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Laggies offers us nothing new, and a lead we can do without.
Review by Matt CummingsRomantic Comedies seem to be on their way out: once the staple of Date Night, these estrogen-fests lurk on fantasy television programs wrapped around vampires and medical dramas. The reason for this change: Rom-Coms no longer make money, as Hollywood sets its sights on big returns from Horror and Superhero flicks. Sadly, the Lynn Shelton-directed Laggies does more to prove the genre's problems than solve them. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit might have torpedoed that production, and now with Laggies I'm sure of it. The only bright spots are Moretz and Rockwell, who do their best to prop up the listless script by newbie Andrea Siegel. The 'COM' in Rom-Com is supposed to mean hilarity, but here Siegel's jokes fall mostly flat. When moments like these leave a noticeable silence in the theater, you know things are not working. Moreover, Siegel's choice to paint Megan as nothing more than a pathetic tree jumper (falling into Craig's arms as if doing so will suddenly help her directionless life) simply moves her problem to another tree. In many ways, you're forced to conclude that her ex-boyfriend got the better end of the deal once the pivotal moment arrives. Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms, and follow author Matt Cummings at @mfc90125.