Laggies bowed at Sundance to great critical acclaim, landing it on many lists of the most highly anticipated films of 2014. That was in January. This is July, and those of us who weren’t in Park City are finally getting a look at it. (Insert joke about “lagging” behind here, but the original plan was for a May 9th release.)
The best thing about this 1st trailer is that the perpetually underrated Sam Rockwell gets to be the sane AND charming one. How refreshing. Hopefully director Lynn Shelton (Your Sister’s Sister) has a few more less-than-obvious choices in store for the rest of the movie as well. Since this is Shelton’s first time directing a film that she didn’t write herself, instead working from a script by first-time scribe Andrea Seigel, my guess is there would have to be something special going on here, especially given the quirky material she usually does write for herself.
A woman stuck in permanent adolescence lies to her fiancé about going on a retreat and spends the time hanging out with friends instead.
Another thing I think we can tell from the trailer is that the brief synopsis above is a little misleading. Megan may have a case of “arrested development” but saying she’s “hanging out with friends” barely scratches the surface. More to the point, she’s hanging out with Annika’s (Chloe Grace Moretz) friends….and her father. I think I need to buy a ticket to this. I have got to see how Shelton turns that warped premise into what appears to be a sweet love story, especially since the original posters promised a much darker tone.
As for Megan herself, I like Keira Knightley. But I do have to say that I think first choice Rebecca Hall would have killed this. Poor Keira was actually Shelton’s third choice. While Hall turned the role of Megan down to do Transcendence with Johnny Depp – and really, the less said about that the better. She’s probably kicking herself enough for everyone – but second choice Anne Hathaway signed on then had to leave because shooting on both Song One and Interstellar went long. (At least, by all early accounts, Interstellar will have been worth it. ) I need to see more before I can tell if this is a departure for Knightley or merely an extension of Penny from Seeking a Friend For the End of the World.
We can find out when Laggies, which also stars Ellie Kemper, Gretchen Mol and Mark Webber, opens in the US on September 26 (if you believe Box Office Mojo and Deadline or October 24 if you believe the distributor A24 Films) and 3 October in the UK.