Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Now Available on DVD and Blu-Ray -- LOL, Starring Demi Moore, Ashely Greene and Miley Cyrus (Review)

LOL DVD 


Teen sensation Miley Cyrus (The Last Song) stars in LOL, a story that perfectly captures growing up in today's digital world, arrived on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, Digital Download and On Demand July 31 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Golden Globe® nominee Demi Moore (Ghost), Ashley Greene (The Twilight Saga), Douglas Booth (upcoming Romeo and Juliet), Adam Sevani (upcoming Step Up Revolution), Golden Globe® nominee Thomas Jane (HBO's "Hung") and Jay Hernandez (Crazy/Beautiful) also star in the romance, based on the hugely popular 2008 French film LOL (Laughing Out Loud)®.

In a world connected by Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, Cyrus stars as a teen girl navigating her way through the peer pressures of high school romance and friendship, while dodging her protective mother (Moore), in the fresh coming-of-age comedy LOL. The Blu-ray Disc and DVD release includes special bonus materials such as behind-the-scenes featurettes and audio commentary with the director and cast. The LOL Blu-ray Disc and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.

SYNOPSIS

Directed by Lisa Azuelos, who also wrote and directed the original film, from a screenplay by Azuelos & Kamir A├»nouz, LOL begins as Lola (Cyrus), (or "Lol," as her friends call her), starts a new year of high school. Lol works to find the right balance between family, school, friends and romance, all with a worried mother (Moore) also on her case. Broken-hearted by her ex, Lol's world is soon turned upside down when she is surprised to find her best friend, Kyle (Booth), a musician in an up and coming rock band, could possibly be the love of her life. In her quest towards independence, self-identity and young adulthood, Lol discovers that while Facebook "status" is easy to change; true relationships are worth the effort.

BLU-RAY/DVD SPECIAL FEATURES*
  • Audio commentary with director Lisa Azuelos and cast members Ashley Hinshaw and Lina Esco
  • "The Cast of LOL"featurette
  • "Like Mother Like Daughter" featurette
  • "Lots of Love For Lisa Azuelos" featurette
*Subject to change

My Thoughts:

Even though this movie was considered a flop at the movies, after hitting theaters in limited release earlier this year, I was curious to watch it, as I have been a fan of Demi Moore's since seeing her in St. Elmo's Fire in the early 80's, and have been following new actress Ashley Greene, from The Twilight films.  The film, which centers around Miley Cyrus' character, in this coming of age in the digital era film, ended up not being something that I would rush to watch again.  Young viewers who are fans of Miley Cyrus will enjoy this film -- but, parents beware of the mature content, including teen sexuality, drug and alcohol use and fowl language, used throughout the film.  

Even though I never saw the hugely popular 2008 French film LOL (Laughing Out Loud), I am curious to see how the French version of this movie compared to the American adaptation.  The movie did have me think about how far we have come, having grown up when the Internet was just taking off, to seeing what will be in store once my daughters become teens.  Most Parents and children cannot go a day without checking this social media pages, updating their statuses, or seeing what other are up to.  It has become the norm.  And, for teen dating, they quickly go from "single" to "in a relationship" status and back again, in a blink of an eye.  This film tries to show that even though a relationship can change quickly, it is more important, yet difficult to work at keeping true relationships.  

Again, I can't recommend this movie as a good coming of age movie to share with your tweens/teens, but it does a good job in showing how teens today are being pressured not only by their peers, but also by all the social media around them.  I know a few young adults who have dealt with the pressures of social media and feeling left out or inadequate in their eyes, because of their Facebook relationship status.  Hopefully with movies like this and others that will come around centered around social media, people both young and old with realize that true relationships take time and effort to keep, and shouldn't be a determining factor in wanting to go from "single" to "in a relationship", as those that are not meant to be with be short lived and bring you right back to "single."

Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this DVD from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. The views above are mine and mine alone.

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