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Lola Versus

Greta Gerwig plays a well-to-do Manhattanite whose fiance (Joel Kinnaman) dumps her unexpectedly, driving her to the arms (and beds) of a longtime platonic friend (Hamish Linklater) and a smarmy architect (Ebon Moss-Bachrach). Director Daryl Wein’s previous film, Breaking Upwards, was similarly inconsequential but was at least tolerable enough to pass as genial entertainment. This time around, he and cowriter Zoe Lister spend most of their energy on Gerwig’s banal sexcapades, paying lip service to their “it’s-OK-to-be-single” theme. The trials and tribulations of hipster love affairs may interest more credulous viewers, but nobody in the film has any actual problems. The lack of conflict is nothing short of grating. The supporting cast features SNL’s Jay Pharaoh, appearing in two scenes as the token black friend, and Bill Pullman as Gerwig’s father, whose sole function as a character is to illustrate how bad old people are with technology.



  • Daryl Wein


  • Greta Gerwig
  • Joel Kinnaman
  • Zoe Lister-Jones
  • Hamish Linklater
  • Bill Pullman
  • Debra Winger
  • Jay Pharoah
  • Ebon Moss-Bachrach
  • Cheyenne Jackson


  • Michael London
  • Jocelyn Simpson
  • Janice Williams
  • Zoe Lister-Jones
  • Daryl Wein

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