Miley Cyrus has gone from sweet looking Hannah Montana to a wild child that sticks out her tongue at any opportunity. In between these two phases she made this film in a small step away from her Hannah Montana image.
A remake of a french film of the same name Cyrus plays Lola -or Lol as her friends call her-an average teenager who finds out her boyfriend Chad (George Finn) has cheated on her over the summer. As she deals with the fallout from this she also struggles with complicated feelings for her best friend Kyle (Douglas Booth), her single mum (Demi Moore) not so secretly sleeping with her ex husband (Thomas Jane) and her friends own complicated love lives.
They can get a bad rep at times, but there are some good teen flicks – 10 Things I Hate About You is a brilliantly funny films with sympathetic characters. LOL is not one of these films. Not good enough to a proper hit, not edgy enough to be controversal and not cheesy enough to be a guilty pleasure. Instead the film just sits on an awkward edge feeling safe and uninspiring.
It doesn’t help that Lol is such an unlikeable brat. She’s not relatable enough or has an aspirational lifestyle for young girls to admire. I’m not sure who exactly this character would appeal to. It doesn’t help that all the supporting male characters are just lazy stereotypes. Cheating douche boyfriend, cute and soulful guy BFF, Lothario ex husband, hot teacher, hot cop etc. I can’t even remember most of their names.
Although it was weird seeing Douglas Booth in something other than a period drama he actually looked better in a modern setting. But his character is quite dull with a disapproving father subplot that fails to be of any interest as we all know the father will come round to his son’s musical ambitions by the end of the film. It really isn’t a spoiler.
However the film does have a few good things in its favour. Cyrus isn’t terrible in the lead role. Moore is watchable enough with her dating and parenting dilemmas and Lol’s friend Emily (Ashley Hinshaw) has some amusing moments as she falls for her teacher and tries to avoid falling for a geeky student. Ashley Greene’s flirtatious student is also interesting but barely explored.
Rating 2/5 – Fine for a mindless evening movie to disengage your brain but otherwise it’s probably best avoided.