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|LOL (director/writer: Joe Swanberg; screenwriters: C. Mason Wells/Kevin Bewersdorf; cinematographer: Joe Swanberg; editor: Joe Swanberg; music: Kevin Bewersdorf; cast: Kevin Bewersdorf (Alex), Joe Swanberg (Tim), C. Mason Wells (Chris), Tipper Newton (Walter), Brigid Reagan (Ada), Greta Gerwig (Greta), Kate Winterich (Tessa); Runtime: 81; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Joe Swanberg; Washington Square Films; 2006)|
tragicomic low-budget (supposedly made for $3,000) indie."
by Dennis Schwartz
Swanberg ("Silver Bullets"/"Uncle
Kent"/"Drinking Buddies"), a professional Web
designer, directs a somewhat diverting
tragicomic low-budget (supposedly made for $3,000) indie,
shot in video, about three Chicago post-college twentysomething male
techies and their need to always be plugged in to
their computers. Its title comes from the Internet slang
for “laugh out loud.”
Co-writers and actors Swanberg, C.
Mason Wells and Kevin
Bewersdorf play with idler charm the three fixated
The three obsessed computer
buffs are Tim (Joe
Swanberg), Alex (Kevin Bewersdorf) and Chris (C. Mason Wells). Tim has some income derived
from his computer work. But because of his love affair
with both his computer and cell phone, has difficulty
tuning into his girlfriend Ada (Brigid Reagan). Tim acknowledges that he
loves his laptop more than Ada, and refuses to ever go
is a struggling musician who creates
sounds from homemade electronic instruments and video
clips of friends making noise. The nerd goes ape over a soft
core porn star he met on an adult website, Tessa (Kate
Winterich). Alex imagines Tessa would meet him in
person if he came to her home in St. Louis, and
thereby schemes an imaginary tour for his imaginary band and talks nice girl
neighbor Walter (Tipper Newton) into giving him a lift, but
foolishly ignores that the real-life
gal has a crush on him. Finally, there is Chris (C. Mason Wells). He moved to Chicago for
a job and left behind in NYC girlfriend Greta (Greta
Gerwig). Chris is trying to maintain a long--distance relationship with
her via cell phone and the Internet. The lovelorn Chris
desperately wants their communication to include phone
sex, but their relationship becomes emotionally
challenged by distance and miscommunication sets in as
they begin growing apart.
The pic exposes the absurdity of modern-man's misogynistic love affair with women, his mind-boggling attachment to machines and how disconnected he can be with real relationships. The actors were allowed to ad lib, and the result is that the characters talk like real people, it's keenly observant about social issues and offers a flippant comical look at relationships for the social media set.
REVIEWED ON 7/5/2013 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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