Oh, to be young and in love with the sound of your own voice. “Lola Versus” is a well-intentioned independent film that tries to be a “real” version of a Hollywood romantic comedy and ends up feeling more ersatz than ever. It works so hard to be fresh that all you notice is the strain.
The movie also fails to answer the question of whether Greta Gerwig can carry a movie. She plays the title character, a mopey New York hipstress whose destination wedding to longtime boyfriend Luke (Joel Kinnaman) comes apart at the last minute. “Lola Versus” follows a year in the heroine’s life as she flails, weeps, drinks, has rebound sex with best friend Henry (Hamish Linklater), bad-idea sex with Luke, and alienates everyone in her life. Have many of us been here? Probably. Do we want to watch it? If so, the characters had better be empathetic and the drama newly seen.