Laggies

A24

Quarter-life crises hit everyone differently, whether it’s paying for a bodega sandwich in change for the third day in a row and coming up short that does it, or resolving to stay in your room indefinitely because you’ve received another wedding announcement from a childhood friend the morning after an OkCupid date with a guy who wanted to sniff your hair, or just realizing that woah, high school was awhile ago and you still don’t have your shit together. It’s even happening to Keira Knightley, one of the so-called Laggies who doesn’t quite have things figured out yet, and is taking the most adult and rational approach to handling her problems: running away and ignoring them.

The trailer for the Lynn Shelton film introduces us to Megan (Knightley), a 28-year-old on the verge of something not-so great when she attends her high school reunion. A proposal from her boyfriend (Mark Webber), whom she’s been dating since high school, leads to her fleeing into the night and away from that whole nightmare (ugh, can you imagine getting engaged at your high school reunion in front of a bunch of people you probably hate?) and more or less into the arms of Chloe Moretz (who, for the first trailer in a long time, is not wearing some sort of neon wig). Like an respectable gaggle of 16-year-olds, Moretz’s Annika and her buddies hit Megan up for help buying a six pack “because they left their IDs at home,” and seeing some of her old, fun self in them, she obliges and spends the rest of the night with the girls.

Her night hanging with the girls is so much fun that she packs up her unfulfilling life flipping signs for her dad (Jeff Garlin) and listening to her nagging friend (Ellie Kemper) to move in with Annika and her hot dad (Sam Rockwell) for a week. No big deal or anything weird about that or anything at all. Megan gets to live vicariously through Annika and her carefree, lipgloss-smeared, Starbucks-fueled sleepover haze of a life, while also imparting the ample wisdom of a 25+’s absolutely terrible judgment on her young protégé.

It’s some real 13 Going on 30 behavior without the physical body swap.

Dad Rockwell is apparently okay with a strange woman staying in his home and befriending his child because, as the trailer shows (gives away? nah, we could see this one coming for miles) he’ll be falling in love with her in an instant. How could he not when she’s doing adorable things like caring for turtles and downing shots while wearing cutesy pajamas, or apparently going to a school dance to give Annika a pep talk?

It will be interesting to see how the movie progresses in the moments shown beyond the trailer, because whatever Megan’s dealing with mentally can’t be solved by having sex with Annika’s hot dad. It probably doesn’t hurt to try, but there’s clearly much more to deal with here when a fully-grown woman runs away from home to hang with some sophomores for awhile. Not even teenagers like being teenagers.

Check out the trailer below:

Laggies is in theaters September 26th.


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