When I was on vacation with my sister, at least once a day I’d quote the line from the LOL teaser trailer, complete with a Miley Cyrus: “My name’s Lola, but my friends call me Lol.” It just sounds bad. And now that the official trailer has dropped, I have even more reasons to dismiss this movie even though it’s supposed to be Miley’s “serious” foray into “dark” material post-Hannah Montana.
It’s just hard to feel for Lola in this movie. She’s caught between two identical-looking guys: Her first love Max, who hooks up with another girl, and her guy friend Kyle who’s obviously been in love with her this whole time. And she just seems to be overly dramatic, huffing and puffing about
There are some flickers of interesting plotlines here, like the fact that Kyle and Max are friends and there’s some bro-code conflict there. Or the admittedly cool shot where Lola’s mom (Demi Moore) is berating her about her bad grades and Lola seems to be shutting down emotionally. But the fact that this movie only got a PG-13 rating makes me think they’re not going to carry the emotional depth, or the purported sex and drug use, past one or two tame scenes.
The only character in this movie who intrigues me is Ashley Greene, playing a funky-haired girl named Ashley who hangs out with the guys and makes the other girls jealous. Ashley was one of the few talented actors to come out of the Twilight ensemble, and I’m excited to see which roles she takes on now that she doesn’t have to play a psychic vampire in a bad wig anymore.
Also? Can we please put a moratorium on movies/trailers where the characters narrate their lives through Facebook statuses? Even for our oversharing generation, that’s a bit much to expect that we’re spilling every detail of our burgeoning romances and sexual experimentation online. But at least the narrative trope gave us this groan-worthy tagline:
STATUS CAN CHANGE, BUT TRUE LOVE REMAINS THE SAME