What do you do when your fiancé proposes and then, when you’re knee deep in wedding preparations, needs his space? You screw everything that walks including his (and your) best friend. Well you can get away with that in your 20s and that’s exactly what Lola, played by new gay it-girl Greta Gerwig, does on her path to self-discovery.
We all have plans, we all have maps for the way our life’s path is supposed to be charted but as it often happens, those with the best laid plans have the tendency to go the most off course- at least in the movies.
Self-assured in her life’s direction, Lola finds herself in that funky life-stage between the ages of 29 and 30. After her fiancé Luke, played by The Killing’s Joel Kinnaman, dumps her, Lola is left questioning everything she thought she knew about sex, love, friendships and herself.
What ensues is semi-predictable but Greta Gerwig plays Lola with the comical genius of Kristen Wiig and the likeability of Drew Barrymore . . . and those are big shoes to fill. But Gerwig isn’t the only one who delivers laughs. Whitney’s Zoe Lister-Jones plays Lola’s hilarious best friend Alice and delivers a great drunken scene where she espouses the merits of womanhood and how she learned everything she knew about being a woman from Beverly Hills, 90210.
Maybe it’s because I’m a child of the 90s, but it’s these 90s references that add spunk to a lagging script. I still remember the referenced Saved by the Bell Jessie Spano caffeine pill freak out and the bedroom scene in which Ani Difranco is playing is hilarious.
In the end, women will enjoy Lola Versus because of its message, gays will love it because we all want a friend like Lola for a selfish self-esteem boost.