Lola Versus

Here’s a question. So, given that the TV Series Girls – 4 whimsical, twenty-something, upper echelon New York women having perpetual bad dates in an “eco-system of oddity” (thanks Peter Bradshaw) – is such a runaway critical success, why are the same critics panning the movie Lola Versus? In it, Greta Gerwig stars as Lola, a PhD student, who’s dumped before her wedding on her 29th birthday, and who compensates by a year of making nails-on-blackboard bad decisions about men, before pulling herself together a bit.

Photography By Myles Aronowitz

I thought it was OK. I think women probably do behave like that when they’re stressed (but what do I know?). Also I don’t need every female-led ensemble to act out like Bridesmaids; I do think there are other points of view. And yes, I do think there is probably sexism at work, in that only about 25% of male critics liked the film, compared to about 75% of female critics. Maybe Lola Versus really is the holy grail? an actual “chic flick”, by women, for women, without the male filter??

At the end of the day, I really didn’t hate it perhaps because I just find Greta endearing. As well as just inhabiting the screen with a natural kind of ease, she’s also the drop-dead spitting image of my beloved sister-in-law. Lola Versus filmed on location in New York, where it’s perpetually sunny.