Movie review: "Laggies" a warm, funny take on a grown-up growing up

Brad Keefe, Columbus Alive

The quarter-life crisis may seem like a recent invention fueled by Thought Catalog, but the struggle is real. Take, for example, "Laggies."

Megan (Keira Knightley) is a 20-something who is trying to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up, while her friends are all marrying off and having babies.

When her boyfriend proposes, Megan panics and seeks refuge hiding out in the home of a new 16-year-old friend (Chloë Grace Moretz) she met in a classic "we forgot our ID, can you buy us beer?" scenario.

"Laggies" marks the second film I've seen tackling this in the past two weeks (the first being the indie "Copenhagen"), but it's much more charming and funny.

I know that Knightley is a divisive actress, but she's one I've always liked. She adopts an American accent and further explores her funny side (last seen in the highly underrated "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World").

Knightley finds a sweet spot in Megan - she's not self-involved, she's just figuring things out at her own speed - and the character plays to her strengths.

She's joined by another actor I love, as Sam Rockwell plays her young friend's father - though their storyline plays out a bit too predictably for my tastes.

But overall, director Lynn Shelton delivers a winning female-fronted comedy. I had hoped that "Bridesmaids" would usher in a bunch more of these, but we'll take it.


Opens Friday, November 7

3 stars out of 4