OK for kids 16+
Hipster romantic dramedy has some sex, drinking, language.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lola Versus is an indie dramedy that focuses on the lives of a 29-year-old who was left at the altar and her friends. They're all single, many are looking for love, and their love lives and sex lives are explored. A handful of scenes portray characters hooking up; there's plenty of making out and some grinding, but no nudity aside from bare backs and a blink-and-you'll-miss-it glimpse of a naked backside. Characters also swear ("s--t," "f--k," etc.), drink (sometimes to the point of inebriation), smoke pot, and quarrel.
- Families can talk about how Lola Versus' twentysomething characters are depicted. Why do their romantic relationships seem fluid and confusing? Is this realistic or an exaggeration?
- Does the movie deal with Lola's break-up in typical Hollywood fashion? What is it saying about the event?
- Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships, as well as the real-life consequences of both drinking and drug use.
The good stuff
Messages: The main take away is that you can't love someone without loving yourself -- and, equally important, that you can't love yourself without learning how to love others. Also, good friends see you through the worst of times and enjoy, with you, the best of times. But you have to know how to be a great friend.
Role models: Lola and Alice are best friends and speak to each other with honesty and compassion.
What to watch for
Violence: Some yelling.
Sex: Some scenes show couples in the middle of sex (lots of kissing and moaning), though there's little nudity beyond bare backs and a super-quick glimpse of a backside. Lots of making out; some grinding.
Language: Strong language includes "f--k," "s--t," and "d--k."
Consumerism: Brands mentioned or spotted include the iPhone, Amsale, Lundberg, Kahlua, and Six Flags.
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters smoke weed and drink often, sometimes to total inebriation. In one scene, a woman winds up in a strip club, drunk out of her mind.
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Lola Versus by didice
LOVED THE FILM! The characters seem real, ordinary, and down to earth. Seem like people you may know. Make real mistakes. No one is perfect; everyone has their own spin on things.
Very funny & touching. The acting is wonderful
LOLA VERSUS LIFE by ctl2003
Not much to say : it was a masterpiece of sheet!
Don't waist your time and money.
Lola Versus by nukker
If you are under 30, you might enjoy this movie....
Other wise - Forget about it!
Disappointed by lameishasherri
I chased this movie for 3 weeks. It finally came to a somewhat local theater (cinemark in Palo Alto). Drove down with a friend ... excited to see it ... started watching, and 30 minutes in I fell asleep. Yeah, I did ... the story line was all over the place. I woke up with 30 minutes remaining. By the end I conclude it should have been titled "Lola Trippin". It's a no go. My friend said "No wonder it wasn't in theaters!"
Charming by i3adfish7
Thoroughly enjoyed this film and Greta Gerwig's endearing performance, reminiscent of a young and clueless Alicia Silverstone (in a good way). A fun story that takes place in the best city of all, NYC, about the delicacies of human interactions and relationship. Lola's journey is filled with ups and downs like the rest of ours!
Has a Woody Allen Feel by hfierce
I guess I was expecting it to be funnier or unique, but it was your same-o, same-o run of the mill indie flick of girl gets dumped and tries to figure out herself and life simultaneously while ending up in bed with the ex's best friend. Basically, totally predictable and pretty much a forgetable movie -- like Woody Allen's flops. However, it's only two redeeming factors are: great local shots of New York (Woody Allen) and Greta is a good actress.
Lola Versus by clam99
Great writing,acting and directing!