I have come to the conclusion that Greta Gerwig is the exact midpoint between Zooey Deschanelopolis and Chloe Sevignyville. The thing with Greta is that she is really nothing spectacular — and I am saying that in the most complimentary way. She’s not “adorkable” (*groan*) like Zooey. She’s approachable. She’s not severely intense like Chloe. She’s your every day gal pal. That said, her character in Lola Versus is perfect for her. It’s just too bad the entire movie is like a B-storyline in Girls or an alternate timeline to her character in the Arthur remake.
In Lola Versus, Greta plays the title character, a woman who has just been dumped by her fiancee Luke (Joel Kinnaman, who looks like a pleasant Matthew Lillard/Alexander Skarsgård mash-up). She goes into a downward spiral of depression, macrobiotic binge eating, and promiscuous adventures with a well-endowed roller blading man who likes to sing Ani Difranco songs during sex. She even goes as far to hook up Henry (the adorably hip Hamish Linklater) a friend that she shares with her ex-fiancee. Needless to say, her life is a big ol’ mess which seems pretty standard for a movie of this nature — but don’t worry. In the end she eventually — SPOILER ALERT — finds herself and chooses to focus on herself in order to discover her true bliss.
No surprise there.
Lola Versus can easily be tossed in the pile of movies that put the microscope on thirtysomething women trying to figure out the meaning of life in a big city. In this case, the city is Manhattan — and I refuse to refer to the city as one of the main characters in the movie. Sex and the City sodomized that dead horse a long time ago. Written by Daryl Wein (who also directed it) and Zoe Lister Jones (who also plays Lola’s snarky BFF, Alice), the movie has some great shining moments. Those include some great one-liners by Jones, the aforementioned “bless-ed” well-endowed roller blading architect of prisons played by Ebon Moss-Bachrach and Lola’s silly, yet encouraging parents played by Debra Winger and Bill Pullman. If you notice, none of those directly involve the main storyline. The movie simply does not break any new ground when it comes to being a thirtysomething lonely gal doing dumb stuff to help cope with a break up. It’s fun, but it’s really nothing but a movie that should be titled Regurgitated City Girl Problems.
Lola Versus is currently playing in select cities.