A story about coming of age in today’s digital world, LOL is a remake of the 2008 French film LOL (Laughing Out Loud). Starting a new year of high school, Lola, (or "Lol," as her friends call her), works to find the right balance between family, school, friends and romance. Broken-hearted by her ex, Lol's world is soon turned upside down when she is surprised to find her best friend, Kyle, a musician in an up and coming rock band, could possibly be the love of her life. In her quest towards independence, self-identity and young adulthood, Lol discovers that while Facebook "status" is easy to change; true relationships are worth the effort.
||May 4th, 2012 (Limited) by Lionsgate|
||July 31st, 2012 by Lionsgate Home Entertainment|
||PG-13 for mature thematic content involving teen sexuality and drug and alcohol use, and for language.|
(Rating bulletin 2163, 3/16/2011)
||Coming of Age, Director Remaking Their Own Movie, Foreign Language Remake, Internet, Divorcée Romance, Romance, Single Parent, Musicians, Hot for Teacher, Intertitle, Infidelity, Relationships Gone Wrong, Voiceover/Narration, Children Dealing with Divorce|
|Production Method:||Live Action|
|Creative Type:||Contemporary Fiction|
||Lionsgate, Mandate Pictures, Double Feature Films|
It's quite a busy week on the home market front, but most of the new releases are TV on DVD. This includes Modern Family: Season Three on DVD or Blu-ray, which is a contender for Pick of the Week. The best limited release of the week is The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on DVD or Blu-ray, while the Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures Blu-ray Box Set is also a contender for Pick of the Week. However, in the end I went with The Cabin in the Woods Blu-ray, which is practically the only first-run release of the week.
LOL (Laughing Out Loud) is a French film that came out in 2008 in its native country and was a huge hit earning nearly four times its production budget internationally. It makes sense it would get a Hollywood remake, this time simply called LOL. LOL is co-written and directed by the same woman that co-wrote and directed the original, Lisa Azuelos, so hopefully it maintains the same quality. But if that's the case, why was it pushed back so often before being dumped in limited release with no advertising?
It looks like the Batman films will finally be slipping out of the top five in the coming weeks. Batman Begins came in first place in terms of units topping Hatfields & McCoys 192,000 units to 186,000 units. However, Hatfields & McCoys easily won in terms of revenue with $4.63 million to $1.91 million. Its opening week Blu-ray share was 34%, which is good for a TV mini-series, but below average for the format.
There were not a lot of new releases to make an impact on the DVD sales chart this week. However, we did have a new number one, as Hatfields and McCoys DVD sold 363,000 units and generated $7.25 million in revenue. That's an excellent start for a TV mini-series.
According to Amazon.com, the best selling new release of the week is a catalog Blu-ray release. Not only that, it is a double-dip. There were a few contenders for Pick of the Week, including the aforementioned Blu-ray double-dip: Total Recall: Mind-Bending Edition. It looks better than the previous edition, it has more extras, and it is really cheap. Forever Marilyn is a great Blu-ray and is also excellent value for the money. Finally, Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXIV. 'Nuff said. So which one is the pick of the week? Honestly, I can't decide. Call it a three-way tie.
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