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WATCH: Knightley, Rockwell and Moretz Shack Up In Trailer for Lynn Shelton's 'Laggies' (NEW POSTER)

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Nick Newman | Thompson on Hollywood July 16, 2014 at 3:24PM

The fine track record that Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton had established with “Humpday” and “Your Sister’s Sister” met a speed bump “Touchy Feely,” which attracted mixed reviews. (Here's TOH's interview with Shelton and star Rosemarie DeWitt.) Her latest title “Laggies" was scooped up by A24 at Sundance and marks a return to form.
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Keira Knightley, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Sam Rockwell in Lynn Shelton's "Laggies"
Keira Knightley, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Sam Rockwell in Lynn Shelton's "Laggies"

The fine track record that Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton had established with “Humpday” and “Your Sister’s Sister” met a speed bump “Touchy Feely,” which attracted mixed reviews. (Here's TOH's interview with Shelton and star Rosemarie DeWitt.) Her latest title “Laggies" was scooped up by A24 at Sundance and marks a return to form.

Significantly, "Laggies" is the first Shelton film based on someone else's writing, in this case Andrea Siegel. No question Sam Rockwell marks an improvement over originally cast Paul Rudd, while Keira Knightley eventually replaced Rebecca Hall. 

Check out the first trailer, which showcases another mix of fish-out-of-water tropes and angst-ridden adults. Megan, 28, (Keira Knightley) enjoys hanging out with Annika (Chloë Grace Moretz), 16, who she meets outside her old high school at a class reunion gone wrong. After her boring boyfriend (Marc Webber) proposes, Megan escapes from her life by shacking up at Annika's house, where she is confronted by the girl’s single dad (Sam Rockwell). There's hope yet for the rom-com.

The new poster leaves much to be desired. What do you think? 



"Laggies" Poster
"Laggies" Poster

This article is related to: Lynn Shelton, Keira Knightley, Chloe Grace Moretz, Sam Rockwell, Trailers


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.