Keira Knightley Refuses to Grow Up in the Trailer for Lynn Shelton’s Laggies

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July 16 2014 4:46 PM

Keira Knightley Refuses to Grow Up in the Trailer for Lynn Shelton’s Laggies

Keira Knightley in Laggies
Keira Knightley plays a different kind of man-child: a woman.

Still from the trailer

In the grand tradition of movies about adults who just won’t grow up comes Laggies, from writer-director Lynn Shelton (Humpday, Your Sister's Sister). Movies in this vein have typically focused on men, as seen in the likes of Jeff, Who Lives at Home, Cyrus, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and countless other movies from Judd Apatow and the mumblecore scene. But lately women have had a chance to carry on the tradition—see Charlize Theron in Young Adult, or, more recently, Melissa McCarthy in Tammy. In Laggies, as seen in the new trailer released today, Keira Knightley takes her own crack at the character type.

The premise is simple: After freaking out at her boyfriend’s marriage proposal, Megan (Knightley) finds herself crashing at the home of a teenager (Chloë Grace Moretz) and her good-looking father (Sam Rockwell). The plot looks fairly conventional—Megan and Moretz’s Annika are both going to learn how to grow up from one another, the trailer screams—but with Shelton at the helm, it could turn out to be more interesting than the average entry in this surprisingly popular subgenre.

Aisha Harris is a Slate staff writer.

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