LOL (Laughing Out Loud)

I hate this acronym, and every internet or text related abbreviation in general. They’re lazy and annoying clichés, fast food emotions meant for those who don’t really feel or think. If there were a shorter word for an expression, it’d be in the dictionary. Anyway, apart from my problems with the killing of language by a generation of the barely literate who substitute constant interaction for substance, this film focuses on such a generation and manages to be not too annoying at all.

While there is the unavoidable texting and instant messaging, these kids have a surprising maturity to go with their many insecurities and deep but fleeting emotions. Maybe in English it’d all be quite trite, but in French, with such a ridiculously attractive cast, it’s a flowing, well-written and earnest meditation on those difficult teenage years. Apparently there’s an American remake on the way starring Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore. Sure to be more painful than cholera.