“Laggies” Does Not Lag

By Camille Morgan

Starring the well-known and universally recognized Keira Knightley and Chloe Grace Moretz, Laggies is a cheerfully wise comedy about Megan, an unemployed 28 year-old undergoing a quarter-life crisis. After her boyfriend proposes, Megan panics and escapes for a week, hiding in the home of a new and much younger 16 year-old friend, Annika, and her single father. This female slacker protagonist suddenly becomes the movie’s own unique hero as she navigates an imperfect reality; that living on your own terms is difficult. These three people find themselves unexpectedly intertwined, and each begins to discover a new piece of themselves as they unconventionally learn from each other.

Though some of its ideas are underdeveloped, Laggies poses some interesting questions regarding the nature of friendship, the responsibilities of adulthood, and what defines self-discovery. The unlikely scenario brings about uniquely quirky situations, and Knightley’s performance is both sweet and amusing, though at times understated. Mortez proves to be an actress of higher caliber than expected given the rather narrow confines of opportunity her character has. The film focuses not only on Megan’s personal situation, but addresses the common issue of Peter Pan syndrome, and grown adults refusing to transition away from the under-ratedly comfortable years of adolescence. The audience accompanies Megan as she struggles in various situations, and her discomfort and inner conflict translate seamlessly as the film progresses.

Laggies walk a thin line, verging on being classified as predictable and overly problematic. Somehow the film manages to maintain enough of an indie-grunge vibe and unlikely plot twists to keep it from becoming too light and fluffy. Its lack of direction and typical rom-com setup are only salvaged by Knightley’s subtle charm and refreshing take on the woes of relationships and the painful period known as growing up. It’s witty dialogue along with the sheer absurdity of Megan’s situation make for a smart, funny, and surprisingly thought-provoking film. Laggies, though awkwardly titled, is an interesting cinematic experience for all those experiencing any type of transition in their lives.