538. Say When

538-say-whenBackground info

Title: Say When (or Laggies)
Director: Lynn Shelton
Year: 2014
Run time: 1hr 39m

“Having spent her twenties comfortably inert, 28 year old Megan (Keira Knightley) reaches a crisis when she finds herself squarely in adulthood with no career prospects, no particular motivation to pursue any and no one to relate to, including her high school boyfriend (Mark Webber). When he proposes, Megan panics and given an opportunity to escape – at least temporarily – she hides out in the home of her new friend, 16-year-old Annika (Chloë Grace Moretz) and Annika’s world-weary single dad (Sam Rockwell). Director Lynn Shelton crafts a warm, funny romantic journey of three people who find their lives intertwined in sudden, unexpected ways, as they try to make their way in the imperfect reality of modern day life.”

Live blog

2:51 – “On the count of Celine Dion – 1, 2, Celine Dion!”
9:27 – I like the sound of Make Your Own Pizza night.
10:42 – You couldn’t not laugh at an actual choreographed first dance!
16:18 – Impressed with Keira messing on the skateboard in a prom dress.
20:51 – Ah, that’s cute. “We’ll call it the kneeling.”
25:54 – “It’s always shifting.” Not the best excuse I’ve ever heard.
27:03 – Juppiter. With two ps.
33:14 – Tortoise for a pet!
33:50 – Sam Rockwell’s being attractive again, yay!
46:24 – Ack, poor Chloe with the embarrassing dad.
49:46 – It sort of doesn’t make sense that he’d let her stay, but still. Sometimes you gotta take a chance.
55:09 – Never mind the emotional nonsense, free stuff!
1:01:44 – “It’s funny how that vintage tastes like tap water.”
1:05:49 – It’s on Blockbuster!
1:08:49 – I don’t think it counts as a hangover cure when it has alcohol in it.
1:15:05 – I couldn’t say the alphabet backwards drunk or sober.
1:22:00 – “I was just happy to hear from you, even if it was from jail.”
1:35:06 – It’s bad how worried I was that they left the wine outside.
1:36:55 – OMG, there’s a credit for the Tortoise Wrangler. I want that job.

Conclusions

The second film in a row that has a weird naming situation. According to the people’s encyclopedia, this was called Laggies by the screenwriter, but the director wasn’t too sure as no one had ever heard of the term (apparently it means adult slackers). In the UK, it was released as Say When.

Regardless of what it was called, I really loved it. The concept is slightly bizarre and you do sort of have to suspend your disbelief that she could actually hang around with a kid 12 years younger than her for a full week, but otherwise, it’s brilliant. Warm and funny, and with Sam Rockwell looking good for a change, I was invested and wanted it all to work out for the best. Plus, they have a tortoise so I was sold from that moment on.

Rating: 5/5.

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