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LOL (2006)

Joe Swanberg , Kevin Bewersdorf , Joe Swanberg  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joe Swanberg, Kevin Bewersdorf, C. Mason Wells
  • Directors: Joe Swanberg
  • Format: Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC, Color, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Benten Films/Watchmaker Films
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2007
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RZIH3A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,248 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "LOL" on IMDb

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The inability to connect in a hyper-wired world is old news given fresh voice in this tragicomic indie about the way we live. --Nathan Lee, THE NEW YORK TIMES

A witty mini-satire of post-collegiates trying to connect romantically and erotically . . . in a tangle of up-to-the-minute technology. --Gerald Perry, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

LOL is a somewhat stunning mirror on the ways we say things without using words. [Swanberg] reveals himself to be one of the most emotionally astute young filmmakers working today. --Karina Longworth, CINEMATICAL

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From acclaimed auteur Joe Swanberg (Hannah Takes the Stairs, Kissing on the Mouth), the SXSW Film Festival favorite LOL is a raw, witty and painfully intimate look at modern sexuality and the technology that either helps us click or turns us off.

Struggling to balance their online obsessions with the demands of real life, Alex (Kevin Bewersdorf), Chris (C. Mason Wells) and Tim (Swanberg) are, like many young men, unable to decipher the mixed messages that everyday tools of communication offer. Does e-mail help them connect, or are they alienating their chances for love by viewing women through the dimensions of a computer screen and the lens of a cameraphone?

Filmed with documentary-like realism and a nonprofessional cast, and featuring a brilliantly eclectic soundtrack by Bewersdorf, LOL's defiantly un-Hollywood approach pulls no punches in its up-to-the-second relevance and honesty about the new male paradigm.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brings to Light and Interesting and Important Topic February 22, 2009
Format:DVD
I've seen a handful of movies from this group of people, but only one by this actual director. I think I preferred this one a bit to his other movie, Hannah Takes the Stairs.

It definitely brings to light an interesting and important topic, being too connected and plugged in via the phones and computers (which I suspect might be me right now). And this movie is a good example of maybe what not to do! It depicts strained relationships and ones left unexplored because of technology as a distraction and interference.

My favorite parts of the movie were the montages of mouth sounds that are cut together to make music (by one of the characters.) I couldn't get enough of it! I also liked the montages of camera phone pictures played to voice mails. Beautiful stuff.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Swanberg's best January 1, 2013
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...but still, hilarious, heartbreaking and full of great moments. Kevin Bewersdorf (Swanberg's usual composer) shines in the lead and should get more roles in Joe's films. He was great in “Uncle Kent” too. This is also one of Bewersdorf's best scores for a Swanberg film, and it's available for download at the official site. You should give it a try.

The Benten Films package is exquisite and I'm in love with those guys after purchasing this and Aaron Katz's “Quiet City”/“Dance Party USA” combo. They put so much attention to detail and they actually care about the films, the whole package is almost like a collectible item.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Low budget & different May 3, 2012
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The problem with this movie is that it doesn't give you a good reason to care about the characters. I did like how some of the video work was done but you can tell this is low budget. That doesn't mean it is bad but it isn't ground breaking either. I did enjoy the main character's interesting music. He was also the best actor in this movie.
Definitely not your typical flick. I found the concept intriguing but a bit long for what it is. Still it is kind of an interesting film but I don't need to see it again. I found it to be somewhat of a depressing film yet I think that was the intention. It's quite a commentary on some people's addiction to technology.

This has adult situations and not for children.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pure crap September 23, 2009
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I saw this at SXSW in 2006, as it was one of only a small handful of films that actually sounded interesting. Being poorly shot and acted can sometimes be charming in an independent film, but this appeared to have no script and was simply about a bunch of morons wallowing around in a zombified state of non-existence. Sure, sure, that's what most people are doing at all times, but who wants to watch that? What could an audience member hope to gain from the experience? If you're going to make a worthwhile film (perhaps an inexorable oxymoron, these days) about such awful people, try adding some insight. Don't just get stoned and think that everything you commit to tape is genius. Many sections of this interminably dull tripe reminded me of an old friend who took snippets of minutia that he captured from people and places in his life and then edited together into effervescent little music videos to amuse himself. "Aw, isn't that cute?", we'd say during the first one. Then he'd do the same thing again... and again... and again... So if you don't mind praising a mindless twit whose only ambition in life appears to be making movies, despite not knowing one good reason why he should, watch this. If you have anything better to do, I suggest you do that instead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DVD Bonus Features for LOL July 2, 2007
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Benten Films ([...]) has listed all the DVD Bonus Features for Joe Swanberg's LOL on their website:

* Director commentary, with scene specific contributions from Kevin Bewersdorf and C. Mason Wells

* Cast commentary with Joe Swanberg, Kevin Bewersdorf, C. Mason Wells, Greta Gerwig, and Tipper Newton

* Hissy Fits: a short film made as a test for LOL

* Kevin-Casts: video podcasts documenting the
making of LOL

* Complete Noisehead Videos

* The Artwork of LOL

* Tipper Newton Casting Interview

* Additional Kevin Bewersdorf performance footage

* PLUS: It's Not You, It's MySpace, a new essay by GreenCine Daily editor David Hudson

* Optional English Subtitles
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