I’ve never condoned use of the term “chick flick.” To me, it suggests a collection of low grade cultural products reserved solely for women. This supposed genre usually comprises flimsy love stories with little plot or substance. That being said, Laggies fits the bill perfectly.
At 28, Megan’s (Keira Knightley) life has reached a standstill. She finds herself devoid of career prospects or motivation post-graduation. Already on the verge of a quarter-life crisis, a proposal from her high school sweetheart sends her reeling. Desperate for an escape, Megan takes refuge in the home of her newfound friend, 16-year-old Annika (Chloë Grace Moretz) and the teen’s cynical father (Sam Rockwell).
The primary issue with Laggies is how utterly unbelievable it is. It’s difficult to conceive a character with a graduate degree and an uncanny resemblance to Keira Knightley making her living as a sign shaker. It doesn’t help that the film expects us to sympathize with Megan, who is disloyal, emotionally immature, and absolutely reeks of desperation.
While the film itself is pretty forgettable, it does feature an enjoyable score by Death Cab for Cutie frontman, Benjamin Gibbard. This subtle and dreamy backdrop adds dimension where it’s otherwise lacking. In fact, I recommend skipping the shallow and predictable dramedy that is Laggies altogether and instead giving the soundtrack a spin.