laggiesLaggies (2014)
Written by Andrea Seigel
Directed by Lynn Shelton

You can’t keep putting aside what you want for some imaginary future. You’ve gotta suck it up and go with you gut.” ~ Megan

Laggies (released in the United Kingdom as Say When) is a 2014 American romantic comedy/dramedy/coming-of-age film directed by Lynn Shelton and written by Andrea Seigel. The film stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Keira Knightley, Sam Rockwell, Kaitlyn Dever, Jeff Garlin, Ellie Kemper, Mark Webber, and Daniel Zovatto.

The film had its world premiere at 2014 Sundance Film Festival on January 17, 2014.

It is the story of Megan, who in her late-twenties finds herself in the throes of an identity crisis, of sorts. She has had the same friends and boyfriend since high school, and now that college is through she is “floating” in a state of limbo which starts to shift her perception of the life she seems to be stuck in. Through a series of events, both accidental and intentional, Megan changes the course of her life when she meets a group of teenagers, and becomes friends with one in particular, Annika.

This is a movie that falls in that “hard to define” category. It is somewhere in-between a coming-of-age story, a romantic comedy, and an indie-film “dramedy”. Mostly it is a story about relationships – romantic, platonic, parental – and how we find ourselves, and how we fit in all those places in our life.

I absolutely loved this film. Megan’s journey really resonated with me. Though I am not in my “quarter-life” years, I still felt for the questions and struggles, and sense of being lost (and “floating”) that Megan was experiencing.

The performances in this, from the main characters to the supporting cast were phenomenal. This is another reminder of how much I love Keira Knightley and Sam Rockwell.


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