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DVD Review: LOL starring Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore Fizzles

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LOL, the (sort of) straight-to-DVD movie starring Miley Cyrus as a rebel teen and Demi Moore as her frustrated mom, has been sitting on my desk for a while.

I’ve been hearing about this movie for the past couple of years and kept thinking it’s one of two things. Either a fantastic small indie movie that couldn’t get funding to the big screen or a movie so horrible that everyone associated with it will want to strike from their IMDB page. Sadly, it’s the second one.

A little backstory: Lisa Azuelos wrote and directed the first incarnation of this movie, LOL (Laughing Out Loud), after realizing that teen movies were practically nonexistent in her home country of France. She often saw her daughter go to the theater to watch either American teen movies or horror movies. That version starred Christa Theret as teenager Lola and Sophie Marceau as her mom Anne.

What to say about the American version … the original film was billed as a comedy, but the American version is more drama. I feel like Miley Cyrus was hoping this movie would be a bridge to her grownup-movie career, but I don’t think it’s going to work that way.

Ashley Greene, Lina Esco, Ashley Hinshaw, Miley Cyrus and Tanz Watson in LOL | Lionsgate

I hate to say it, and I really do like Miley Cyrus (and don’t even mind her new hairdo), but she’s kind of a one-dimensional actress. You could pluck her out of most of her other movies and set her down in a different one, and she’d still be playing the same character. The emotions might vary a little, but not much.

LOL (@LOLMovieUS on Twitter) premiered in India on Feb. 10, 2012, and had a limited release in the U.S. on May 4, 2012. It never made it to Traverse City, and I’m guessing probably didn’t fare well in other cities around the country either. Despite a cast with some good creds — including Nora Dunn, Marlo Thomas, Ashley Greene and Thomas Jane — it’s just not a great movie. I do love the soundtrack, though, which features tunes by Keane, Rock Mafia and Foster the People.

Here’s Miley Cyrus in Rock Mafia’s video for The Big Bang (which I like way better than LOL, lol).

The story in LOL is centered on Cyrus’ character Lola — everyone calls her LOL — who breaks off with her boyfriend and is smitten with another boy who’s her best friend. They don’t want to goof up their friendship, though, so it takes most of the movie for them to decide whether they’re a couple or not.

Meanwhile, her mom has her own romantic issues. She starts off sleeping with her ex-husband (Thomas Jane), but then gets involved with a cop who gives a don’t-do-drugs talk at school. Things go to heck in a handbasket at various times throughout the movie, but by the end, everyone learns something important about friendship and family.

LOL is rated PG-13 for mature thematic content involving teen sexuality and drug and alcohol use, and for language. Teen sex is a major theme here, so I don’t really recommend it for, well, anyone really, but definitely not kids younger than 15.

Jane Boursaw is the founder and editor-in-chief of Reel Life With Jane. Her credits include hundreds of print and online publications, including The New York Times, People Magazine, Variety, Moviefone, TV Squad and more. Follow her on Twitter at @reellifejane.

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  1. I think you like the kind of movie for kids like Selena gomez or sex… you don’t know what a good movie..this movie m,ake sense and actually happens in real world…morals and common sense..

  2. LOL seems to be your classic teenager movie for this generation with the texting and updating statuses. It’s the same story that we all grew up with just with Miley Cyrus. Nonetheless, my daughter wants to see this movie so I thought I’d rent it for her through Blockbuster @ Home. It will be a way to surprise her because I don’t have to leave the house to go to the kiosk for the movie. A Dish co-worker told me about Blockbuster a few months ago and I thought I’d try it. I really haven’t heard too much about this movie at all and maybe it’s because I’m just getting older. I figured with Miley Cyrus, Ashley Greene, and Demi Moore it would be a sure shot.

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