English Title: LOL: Laughing Out Loud.
Production: USA, 2012.
Release Date: 10.02.2012 (India), 04.05.2012 (USA).
Russian Distributor: Volga (28.06.2012).
Genres: Drama / Comedy / Melodrama / Remake.
Director: Liza Azuelos.
Starring: Miley Cyrus, Demi Moore, Ashley Hinshaw, Douglas Booth.
Running Time: 97 minutes.
The official HD-trailer for the new teen drama titled LOL (Laughing Out Loud, 2012) and known as Summer. Classmates. Love in Russian land. The movie was filmed by a French director and screenwriter – Lisa Azuelos, who agreed to create a remake of her own title LOL: Laughing Out Loud (2008), but this time in English and with American actors for the English-speaking markets. The World Premiere of the motion picture brought by Double Feature Films, Mandate Pictures and Lionsgate studios took place in India in February, 2012. In May it entered a limited series of screenings in the USA. The plot tells a story about the relationship between children and parents, while the film is starring the famous American pop singer Miley Cyrus in the leading female role. The covered topics also include the theme of today’s youth passion for various electronic gadgets and the Internet, often substituing real meetings with voice chats.
The main character is named Lola (Miley Cyrus). Her love affairs worry her much more than school grades and studying. She lives in a single-parent family with a brother, a sister, and mother Anne (Demi Moore), who secretly meets with her ex-husband – Allen (Thomas Jane). Anne gets a new crush on a police detective James (Jay Hernandez), while enjoying the support always coming from her kind-hearted Granny (Marlo Thomas) and senseless Therapist (Rebecca Finnegan). Lola breaks up with her boyfriend Chad (George Finn) after his cheating on her and finds solace in the arms of her best friend – Kyle (Douglas Booth). However, Chad and Kyle play together in a school band, and they need to settle their differences over Lola.
In the LOL film the adult friends of the Lola’s family are Kathy (Gina Gershon) and her husband Roman (Fisher Stevens). They share gossips, when dining with Anna, which concern their own problems, growing children challenges and everything else, while their teens discuss nearly the same but over mobile phones and in the web chats. Lola starts falling in love with Kyle, what she is unable to stop, but she also has other friends like Jeremy (Jean-Luc Bilodeau) – the son of Kathy and Roman. Her best female friends are Janice (Lina Esco) and Emily (Ashley Hinshaw), whose families are raising their children with a different approach than Anne trying to become a mate for Lola.
Kyle’s Father (Sam Derence) doesn’t share his passion for music, while Janice begins dating Lloyd (Tanz Watson). Emily’s Mother (Nora Dunn) is a very conservative one struggling to deal with her teen daughter and her little brother Jackson (Brady Tutton), often plaguing Emily with his pranks. Emily gets interested in the passionate side of love physics and starts dating a nerd named Wen (Adam G. Sevani), who is not so modest as it seems. Emily is also attracted to a handsome math teacher Mr. Ross (Austin Nichols). Ashley Hinshaw this year already appeared in the Sci-Fi Mockumentary titled Chronicle (2012). Finally, the typical school beauty queen is Ashley (Ashley Michele Greene), who is disliked by girls, but gets her attention from all the guys around.
The culmination of the youth drama story would be a big party at the Lola’s house and then the whole class trip to Paris, where all the couples formed previously try to sort out their relationships and feelings. This time Lisa Azuelos got some help with adapting this script for a remake from a Brazilian director Karim Aïnouz, who entered the jury for the short films competition during the Cannes Festival 2012. The Producers supporting the idea were Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher, working together on making such films as Pulp Fiction (1994) and drama Erin Brockovich (2000). The chosen composer was Rob Simonsen, though his few themes got overshadowed with tracks provided by other artists.
Here you can hear the music contributed by BB Brunes (France), Foster the People (USA), Ingrid Michaelson (USA), Jonathan Clay (USA), Keane (UK), Miley Cyrus (USA), Rock Mafia (USA) and The Rolling Stones (UK). Musician and singer Jonathan Clay also wrote and performed the title theme – Heart of Fire (2012), which is the main song of the Kyle’s school band. Somewhere Only We Know (2004) track by Keane was not only included to the soundtracks’ listings of the original LOL film and last year’s animated film Winnie the Pooh (2011), but also made it to the American remake of LOL. Its budget even decreased a bit in comparison with the original, while reaching only 11 mln. USD.
Running Time: 2 minutes and 17 seconds.
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LOL Film Trailer