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Laggies

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Does “Laggies” work as director Lynn Shelton’s chance to tell bigger budget comedy dramas? How charming are Keira Knightley and Sam Rockwell? And what’s up with the title “Laggies.” What does it mean anyway? Tune in to this week’s show to get answers to these questions and more!

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“Hey, did you hear the one about the grown woman who started hanging out with a bunch of pubescent kids?”

Laggies was Lynn Shelton’s chance to step up and make a film for a bit more money than she’s had before. She’s not working with the Duplass brothers. She’s directing an original script that she didn’t write. So how does it fare compared to her earlier work? Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we hit the midpoint of our Lynn Shelton series with her 2014 film Laggies, starring Keira Knightley, Sam Rockwell, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ellie Kemper, Mark Webber, and Kaitlyn Dever.

Here’s a hint at what we talk about.

What’s with the title? According to Andrea Seigel, the screenwriter, a laggie is an adult slacker and is a common term. Shelton and the producers all went along with it before learning it really meant nothing. But hey – that’s how words get started, right? Sam Rockwell and Keira Knightley are fantastic in their roles, and the script has some laughs, but why does everything feel so expected? It’s frustrating that Megan, Knightley’s character, seems to be struggling with her group of friends and her boyfriend, but we don’t like any of them from the start which makes for story problems. Shelton definitely seems to have a thing for human faults and forgiveness. We’ve seen it in all the films in this series so far, but why does it work better sometimes than at others? Do they do much to capture the Seattle area in Laggies? And how did Shelton do with stepping out of her indie comfort zone to make this bigger budget film?

It’s a film that strikes a chord for many people but wasn’t something we connected to that much. Regardless, the main characters are a delight and there are some really strong moments. We have a great time talking about it, so check it out then tune in. The Next Reel – when the movie ends, our conversation begins!

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