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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.

Actors: Keira Knightley , Chloë Grace Moretz , Sam Rockwell , Kaitlyn Dever , Ellie Kemper , Mark Webber , Jeff Garlin , Daniel Zovatto , Dylan Arnold , Gretchen Mol , Rocki DuCharme , Sara Lynne Wright , Larissa Schmitz , Phillip Abraham
Directors: Lynn Shelton
Country: USA
Release: 2014-10-24
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  • Inkoo Kang

    Shelton's comedy isn't just smart, but cheerfully wise; not just funny, but cleverly and endlessly so.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Emma Myers

    Even if the film doesn't leave much to ponder past the closing credits, it's enjoyable while it's unfolding, doing justice to the strengths of Shelton's ever-expanding filmography.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • James Rocchi

    Superbly written, handsomely made and full of terrific performances, Laggies is Shelton’s best film to date. Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    The director is increasingly adept at getting her actors to bask in emotions without any pretensions. It makes for easy watching. Seigel's breezy script makes the dialogue easy listening.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    Laggies doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it puts an engaging spin on the old canard about high school being the best years of our lives.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    For the most part, Laggies offers an engaging portal into the life of an appealingly confused 28-year old who doesn't have all the answers and isn't afraid to admit it. Coming-of-age stories, it seems, needn't be limited to teenagers.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    So here’s the case of a movie that is, in every way, nothing special — except for the way it’s made and how it’s done.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Melissa Maerz

    What saves Laggies is Knightley, who's all gangly limbs and pouty faces, schlepping around in pajamas, acting exactly like a teenager trapped in a grown-up world.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    It's a gentle, amiable, sincere little movie, and we could use about a hundred more Lynn Sheltons in this business, making movies that feel this lived in, this true.

    HitFix Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    It's fun to watch the actors work. But you wish they had material a little stronger to work with. Laggies doesn't give it to them.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    We basically know where Laggies is headed; the film is a soft, straight, easy pitch down the middle, story-wise. And it’s a light movie: You won’t get a particularly profound look at adults who act like kids from it.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Even though Laggies is clearly well-intentioned — and the anxieties it tussles with are completely believable — the film is awkward in ways that are sometimes charming and sometimes off-putting.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • John DeFore

    More structure and polish doesn't keep Lynn Shelton's latest from being recognizably hers.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    If the narrative progression feels too tidy and circumscribed, Shelton’s talent for bringing out the best in her actors remains satisfyingly intact.

    Variety Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Despite its pleasant veneer, Laggies is a bit adrift itself. Winning performances keep us engaged – and a one-sequence appearance by Gretchen Mol as Annika’s mother who flew the coop is hauntingly complex.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    There are enough indie clichés to blunt this movie’s edge.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Laggies possesses irrepressible cheer, optimism and an innate sense of ease that often go missing in angstier productions loosely organized under “Aging, fear of.” Unlike its sometimes annoyingly wishy-washy heroine, this is a movie that knows just where it’s going, and finds joy in the journey.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Steve Macfarlane

    To Keira Knightley's credit, she's all too willing to undercut her pretty-girl reputation by looking and acting a fool for Lynn Shelton's camera.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    The best thing about the film – which is true of most of his roles – is Rockwell.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Moretz is as real as ever, and Knightley manages Megan’s transition from annoyingly naive to adorably confused. But for that she has help, and for that she and we should thank Rockwell. In this case, the actor most accomplished at playing slackers is the one who gets everybody — and the movie — to grow up.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Even when Laggies strains against its contrived conceit, his (Rockwell) chemistry with Knightley goes a long way in classing up the joint and making Shelton's film feel just deep enough to pass muster.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    This is a nice movie. It’s frisky and cheerful, even when tears are on the way. But it isn’t a very good movie, mainly because, like its heroine, it’s reluctant to make up its mind about what it wants to be.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    The unavoidable obstacle is that the perpetually elegant Knightley does not belong. Not at a prom, not furtively partying in a parent’s basement and not, alas, in this movie.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Amber Wilkinson

    The plot strong-arms the characters into increasingly contrived and overly familiar positions that leave you longing for the more relaxed vibe of Shelton's earlier films.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Laggies itself isn’t exactly slow – its pace is pleasantly meandering – and it’s far from aimless, although what it’s aiming for isn’t always clear.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    Shelton, who used to make scrappy, wholly improvised indie gabfests, continues to sand down the rough edges of her style, so that each new movie feels a little less distinct — and a lot less transgressive — than the one before it.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Rodrigo Perez

    Its patchy tone, plot, characters and sympathies make for a film that’s difficult to wholeheartedly endorse.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Calvin Wilson

    Laggies is the kind of indie film that gives the genre a bad name.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    The best of Laggies, both in the writing and the playing, comes in the square-offs between Knightley and Rockwell.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Odie Henderson

    I cop to not being a fan of Lynn Shelton’s work. Her films fall apart in their third acts. Rather than simply crumble as they have in her prior work, the third act of Laggies implodes in grand fashion, spewing contrivances, bad clichés and an ending that is simply unforgivable. Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    The movie’s compromised tone, wavering between emo introspection and rom-com cuteness, is awkward in all the wrong ways.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Noel Murray

    As Laggies piles up one scene after another of Megan’s boyfriend and all her old high-school chums acting exaggeratedly square, the movie’s comic point of view becomes overpoweringly sour and predictable.

    The Dissolve Full Review
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