Ex marks the spot for Joel Kinnaman and Greta Gerwig.
LOLA VERSUS (Daryl Wein). 86 minutes. Opens Friday (June 15). For venues and times, see Movies. Rating: NNN
By turns trite and honest, Lola Versus is the hipster answer to conventional rom-coms and other depictions of young women exploring New York City's social scene.
In what other movie would two people meet over a discussion of whether a piece of salmon is wild-caught? Call it Sex And The East Village.
Indie poster girl Greta Gerwig stars as a 29-year-old grad student dumped by her fiancé and left to navigate her way through rebounds and other late-night fumbles. Lola takes ham-fisted advice from her typically quirky partner-in-crime (co-writer Zoe Lister-Jones) and hippie parents (Bill Pullman and Debra Winger) while awkwardly flirting with her best friend (Hamish Linklater) and that disastrous ex (Joel Kinnaman). All of this amounts to a pleasurable distraction that's as flimsy as Lola's too malleable self-respect.
Thwarting rom-com conventions whenever possible (because it's too cool to bother with a Prince Charming moment), Lola Versus becomes a whole new kind of generic, landing somewhere between 500 Days Of Summer and HBO's Girls.
Lister-Jones and co-writer/director Daryl Wein engineer the film for the talented and charming Gerwig, who plays a sweet-natured, emotionally damaged floozy. While Lola is adorable throughout, neither she nor the film will be remembered the morning after.