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Laggies Blu-ray Review

Laggies Blu-ray

A strong cast carries the likable, but flawed “Laggies”

As a twenty something, Megan is at a crossroads in her life and she is unsure of what to do next. Her friends are growing up around her and she doesn’t have a “career.” Things become even more complicated when her high school sweetheart (Anthony) proposes to her AND she catches her father cheating on her mother. Freaked out by what is happening, Megan decides she needs some time alone. During her solo outing, she meets a high school teen (Annika) and her friends and she winds up hanging out with them. Eventually, she even lies about where she’s going and decides to run away to stay with Annika. Despite this strange living situation, Megan finds herself fitting in with Annika and her single father (Craig). In fact, she even begins to develop feelings for Craig despite already being in a relationship. This, of course, proves to be problematic for Megan especially as she continues to lie to everyone around her.

“Laggies” starts out as a charming dramedy about youth, adulthood, lies, responsibility, and feeling lost, but unfortunately it devolves into a typical rom com due to a clumsy final act. Luckily, director Lynn Shelton (best known for “Humpday” and “Your Sister’s Sister”) wisely focuses more on characters than story here as it is clearly the film’s strong suit.

Speaking of the cast, Keira Knightley certainly had a banner year in 2014 with “The Imitation Game,” (which she earned an Oscar nomination for) “Begin Again,” and “Laggies.” As her performance here shows, she’s fast becoming one of the most engaging and versatile actresses in Hollywood and I hope she gets more challenging roles such as this in the near future.

As for Sam Rockwell and Chloe Grace Moretz, they both give noteworthy performances here. It’s no secret that Rockwell can simply do no wrong as he is been nothing less than great in every role. Chloe Grace Moretz has had a few clunkers lately (namely “Dark Shadows” and “Carrie”), but she thankfully gets to sink her teeth into a strong role once again.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? The Seattle area shooting locations are almost like another character in this film and they look divine in hi-def.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? I didn’t detect any issues with the music and dialogue. A solid track.

Extras:
* Digital HD copy.
* 6 deleted scenes.
* Lionsgate trailers.
* “Lagging On With Lynn Shelton”- A featurette that contains cast and crew interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, discussions about the project and script, and more.
* “Shooting Seattle: The Look Of Laggies”- A 6 minute featurette about filming in Seattle.
* A solo commentary by Lynn Shelton.

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February 6, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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