Director Lynn Shelton’s Laggies is the quintessential “chicks flick”…which is not a bad thing at all. In fact, bringing Writer Andrea Seigel’s script to the screen enlightens the male audience to girls’/womens’ thoughts, words and actions a male writer would be unable to conceive or or fathom.
Keira Knightly plays Maggie, a twenty-something in identity crisis, who is put over the edge when her boyfriend proposes at her friend’s wedding and she sees her father being unfaithful to her mother at the same event.
She goes into hiding at the home of a teenager (Chloë Grace Moretz) for whom she bought beer and with whom she shares an affinity for skateboarding.
Maggie finds herself regressing and, at the same time, progressing as she becomes infatuated with the teen’s lawyer father (Sam Rockwell).
The pace of the film follows Maggie’s development. It starts out slow and builds to a satisfying conclusion.
I give Laggies a 4 out of 5 for its unique slant.