A consistently intelligent (or at least bright), coherently constructed comedy that is on occasion a rather pointed critique of the American education system in the…
Movies about men in states of arrested development are legion. They’re the reason Judd Apatow, Adam Sandler and others too numerous to mention have careers. In film after film, male actors riff on the asinine notion that “boys will be boys” while their understanding, far more mature female counterparts smile and eagerly wait for them to grow up. These characters are free to be hurtful, dangerous, horrible, mean and idiotic if they so desire. It’s all presented with the excuse of “hey, this is how dudes act.”
“Laggies” aims to flip the gender script, offering up Keira Knightley as Megan, an immature 29-year old wandering aimlessly through life. But since it can’t rely on blaming a Y chromosome for Megan’s affliction, “Laggies” is forced to either dive fearlessly into immaturity with her or stand on the sidelines to tsk-tsk. It chooses the latter, much to my chagrin.
Megan’s sense of humor is still 16, as is her sense of entitlement, and her friends are starting to outgrow her. Megan’s high school girlfriends are getting married, working at jobs, having children—you know, stuff adults do—and the mere notion terrifies Megan. She works as a sign-twirler for her dad (Jeff Garlin) and is still dating her sweet but dull high school boyfriend. When the boyfriend proposes to her at another friend’s wedding, Megan feels the hot breath of adulthood breathing down with a vengeance on her damn-near-thirty neck. Action is swiftly taken.
In an attempt to recapture her treasured adolescence, Megan runs off to join a circus of teenage girls. She first meets them outside a supermarket, where their leader, Annika (Chloe Grace Moretz), asks Megan to buy them some booze. Feeling a kinship to Annika’s underage dilemma, Megan pays it forward for all of the adults who once bought booze for her. Feeling a combination of mentor and peer, Megan even offers up suggestions on what the teens should imbibe.