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Laggies Movie Review

Now available on Blu-ray and DVD (Buy on Amazon)

Keira Knightley starred in four movies in 2014, and despite receiving praise for her role in The Imitation Game, her best performance comes in Laggies, a Seattle-based drama that unfortunately doesn’t match what she brings to the table.

Knightley plays Megan, a 28-year-old woman who has yet to figure out her life. So, she does what anyone in her situation does: she befriends a 16-year-old girl (Chloe Grace Moretz).

We’ve all been there.

Laggies is a mildly engaging coming-of-age drama about someone who should be past the coming-of-age stage. In that regard, it’s sort of like Obvious Child only got as good and not as original.

In fact, it’s not really original at all. After the first half hour, the movie digresses into material we’ve seen many times before, and to make matters worse, director Lynn Shelton (who made the terrific Your Sister’s Sister) does little to make this unoriginal material interesting. Megan’s evolution, and the eventual realization she comes to at the end of the movie, is about as predictable as possible.

Laggies doesn’t have much to hate, but it doesn’t have much to love, either.

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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