Friday, March 6, 2015

Laggies Blu-ray Review

Reviewed by Allie Schembra
Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game, Pirates of the Caribbean franchise) headlines the cross-generational comedy, Laggies, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) February 10th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Theatrically released by A24 and referred to as "a feel-good, crowd-pleasing comedy" (The Playlist), the hilarious rom-com also features Chloë Grace Moretz (If I Stay, Carrie, Kick-Ass franchise), Ellie Kemper (Bridesmaids, TV's "The Office") and Sam Rockwell (Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, The Way Way Back).
Film (3 out of 5 stars)
Megan is a 28-year-old woman who has no idea what to do with her life.  She’s a college graduate who works for her father’s business as a sign twirler.  Annika is a 16-year-old whose life is a typical teenager’s.  When the two meet outside of a supermarket, they form an unlikely friendship that grows as they grow.

When Megan tries to figure out her life, she tells her fiancé that she’s going to leave for a week to find herself.  Instead, she calls Annika and ends up staying with her and her father, Craig.   As Megan and Craig grow closer, Megan begins sorting out her feelings and making some realizations about herself.  After a car accident with Annika and her friends, Megan is forced to completely reevaluate her life and decide what really is important to her.

I really enjoyed watching this.  It was charming, funny, and heart-warming.  I wasn’t expecting a lot from this movie, but once I started watching it, I found myself engrossed and really liking what I was watching.  Kiera Knightly was really good as Megan, though sometimes the way she spoke bothered me.  Chloe Grace Moretz was so cute as Annika and I think that she has a great future as an actress.  I thought that all the actors were good, though I really disliked Ellie Kemper’s character.  I thought she was just a little bit self-centered and awful.
Video (3 1/2 out of 5 stars)
The 1080p high definition, widescreen presentation was pretty good.  All the colors were sharp and bright and the picture was clear with no visible issues.  The night and evening scenes were clear, and scenes with base colors other than white or black were pretty good and not unrealistic.
Audio (3 1/2 out of 5 stars)
Laggies is presented in English 5.1 DTS-HD master audio and was also really good.  There were a couple of issues with the volume being too low and I did have to adjust the sound a bit.  Overall, sound was good, it was clear and all the dialogue was intelligible.  I really enjoyed the music used in the film as well.  It was not overwhelming or played at inappropriate times. 
Extras (3 out of 5 stars)
The special features were interesting.  I enjoyed hearing about the director and how excited the cast was to work with her and about the location shoots.  The deleted scenes were cute and I hope only deleted because of time. 

  • Audio Commentary with Director Lynn Shelton
  • Lagging On with Lynn Shelton – Almost nine minutes of behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast and crew, all discussing Director Lynn Shelton and her work.
  • Shooting Seattle: The Look of LaggiesSix minutes of location information and how and why the film was shot in Seattle and its surrounding areas.
  • Deleted Scenes – Six deleted scenes available to watch individually or in a play all option.
    • Dropping off Gift
    •  Keg Stealing
    • Reunion Car
    • Rose Petals
    • Stripper
    • Wedding
  • Trailers – The previews from the beginning of the disc.
  • Bookmarks – That weird option where you can bookmark certain parts of the movie.
Summary (3 out of 5 stars)
I enjoyed watching Laggies.  It was cute, heartwarming and had some funny scenes in it.  I liked the cast and they seemed to all genuinely get along.  The story was cute and I’m sure there are people out there who can relate to the problems that Megan had.  I enjoyed seeing how Megan grew and how she ultimately found out what she really wanted from her life.

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