Laggies (2014)

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Overeducated and underemployed, 28 year old Megan is in the throes of a quarterlife crisis. Squarely into adulthood with no career prospects, no particular motivation to think about her future and no one to relate to, Megan is comfortable lagging a few steps behind - while her friends check off milestones and celebrate their new grown-up status. When her high-school sweetheart proposes, Megan panics and- given an unexpected opportunity to escape for a week - hides out in the home of her new friend, 16-year old Annika and Annika's world-weary single dad Craig.

Film Overview
"Laggies" is an American romantic comedy-drama film released in 2014. Directed by Lynn Shelton and written by Andrea Seigel, the film stars Keira Knightley, Chloë Grace Moretz, Sam Rockwell, Kaitlyn Dever, Jeff Garlin, Ellie Kemper, and Mark Webber.

Plot Summary
The film focuses on the life of Megan (Keira Knightley), a 28-year-old female stuck in a quarter-life crisis. Megan, a high school guidance therapist, is still hanging out with the very same friends she had in high school and her partner, Anthony (Mark Webber), from adolescence. When Anthony proposes, she worries and conceals in the bathroom at their engagement celebration.

Confused and lost, Megan fulfills Annika (Chloë Grace Moretz), a 16-year-old who is battling with her own difficulties in high school. Megan associates with Annika and starts socializing with her and her friends instead, even providing to purchase them alcohol. On one occasion, Megan lies about having a service seminar and remains at Annika's place for a week.

Development of Relationships
Dealing with Annika and her papa, Craig (Sam Rockwell), a successful lawyer who is divorced and mentally wounded, Megan gets connected to them, particularly Craig. As Megan assists Annika and her pals browse high school challenges, she is confronted with her own unsettled concerns. Annika is also handling the estrangement from her mother and remains in search of a role model for which she sees Megan as a great prospect.

Coming towards Resolution
Her stay turns complicated when she establishes feelings for Craig and they begin an unforeseen romance. Meantime, Megan keeps avoiding Anthony with unreasonable factors. The fact eventually surface areas when Anthony, suspecting Megan's lies, follows her and finds what has been going on. Craig is disappointed, and Annika feels betrayed and insulted.

Megan finally starts to take obligation for her actions. She breaks up with Anthony, asks forgiveness to Craig and Annika, and chooses to face her unsolved problems. In the last scene, Megan makes a grand gesture at Annika's school, requesting for forgiveness, which Annika grants. The movie closes with Megan and Craig reconciling, hinting at a possible shared future.

Overall Impression
"Laggies" explores a difficult stage of life, where societal expectations and personal realities clash. It looks into the intricacies of adulting, showing how everyone fights with growth, no matter their age. In spite of its comedic undertones, the motion picture attentively depicts the feelings and confusion related to transition periods in life. The film received mixed reviews, hailed for its exceptional efficiencies from the lead actors while criticized for its foreseeable storyline. Additionally, some argue that it stops working to completely utilize its potential in addressing the intricacies of the adult years and providing mature options to the characters' circumstances. Despite this, the film does offer a refreshing point of view on the struggles of the adult years.

Top Cast

  • Keira Knightley (small)
    Keira Knightley
    Megan Burch
  • Chloë Grace Moretz (small)
    Chloë Grace Moretz
    Annika Hunter
  • Sam Rockwell (small)
    Sam Rockwell
    Craig Hunter
  • Kaitlyn Dever (small)
    Kaitlyn Dever
  • Ellie Kemper (small)
    Ellie Kemper
  • Mark Webber (small)
    Mark Webber
  • Jeff Garlin (small)
    Jeff Garlin
    Ed Burch
  • Daniel Zovatto (small)
    Daniel Zovatto
  • Dylan Arnold (small)
    Dylan Arnold
  • Gretchen Mol (small)
    Gretchen Mol
  • Sara Coates (small)
    Sara Coates