In a world connected by Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, Miley Cyrus stars as a teen girl navigating through the peer pressures of high school romance and friendship, while dodging her protective mother (Demi Moore), in the fresh coming-of-age comedy LOL.
Miley Cyrus does an impressive acting job in LOL
, a film that requires her character, Lola, to be online on her computer or phone for much of the plot. Movies about the Internet can be tricky, because there's so little action visible onscreen. But in LOL
Cyrus's emotions--about texting and social-media relationships and friendships with fellow high schoolers--are front and center, and well acted. LOL
is based on director Lisa Azuelos's original 2008 French film of the same name, and starring Sophie Marceau. The American remake is not as sparkling as the original, but LOL
is at its best as a moving coming-of-age story in the digital era. Demi Moore plays Lola's mom, Anne, who believes she and her daughter are close and know each other intimately. But a chance peek at Lola's online confessions lets Anne know her daughter could be putting herself in danger. Meanwhile, Cyrus's Lola is a girl who just wants to be loved. The chemistry between Moore and Cyrus is also quite palpable and touching. The audience for LOL
fans will include tweens, teens, parents, and those of us who love watching Lifetime Movie Network. BRB! --A.T. Hurley