Watch And Then Came Lola
- 1 hr 11 min
And Then Came Lola is a 2009 American romantic comedy film directed by Ellen Seidler and Megan Siler, featuring Ashleigh Sumner as Lola, Jill Bennett as Casey, and Cathy DeBuono as Danielle. It is a remake of the 1998 German film Run Lola Run, with the storyline revolving around a talented but scatterbrained photographer named Lola who has only 3 chances to get to a crucial appointment to keep her girlfriend from moving to Paris without her.
The movie is set in San Francisco, where Lola and Casey, a record label executive, have been in a long-distance relationship for two years. Casey is offered a dream job in Paris and decides to take it, but Lola is not able to attend the farewell party due to a prior commitment to a photography session. However, she promises to make it to the airport to say goodbye to Casey, which Casey views as a sign of commitment to their relationship. Lola, on the other hand, while gifted in photography, is known for her procrastination skills, and her tendency to be always late.
Thus begins Lola's day-long journey, during which she has only three chances to get to the airport, evade a jealous ex-lover, avoid being mugged, and find Casey's passport, which she accidentally takes with her. The film follows Lola as she races through time and space, navigating a series of obstacles that threaten to sabotage her efforts to keep Casey in San Francisco. Each of Lola's 3 attempts, or "laps," is different, with different outcomes resulting from small variations in her actions.
Despite a reasonably standard storyline, And Then Came Lola stands apart from other films of the same genre due to its quirky narrative, bright color palette, and catchy techno soundtrack. The movie moves at an electric pace, with Lola's frenzied adventure punctuated by quick cuts, jump-cuts, and animated sequences, making it an enjoyable and entertaining ride from start to finish.
The performances by the lead actresses are brilliant, with Ashleigh Sumner particularly standing out as the high-energy, fun-loving Lola. Her character is charming, but flawed, constantly defying time with her red skateboard and her signature knitted hat, while also providing a strong representation of the creative millennial generation. Jill Bennett is equally impressive, providing a grounded and nuanced portrayal of Casey, who is torn between her ambition and her love for Lola. Cathy DeBuono, as Lola's ex-girlfriend Danielle, brings a lively energy to her role, perfectly complementing Lola's whimsical nature.
The film incorporates themes of chance and destiny, as Lola is given three opportunities to fix her mistakes and get to the airport on time, but she still has to overcome unexpected complications each time. The film also portrays the bond between lovers, as Casey and Lola try to navigate the challenges of their relationship. The supportive cast of characters, including Lola's quirky photographer friends and Casey's confident colleague, provides a fun and insightful commentary on love, ambition, and the art of living in the moment.
Overall, And Then Came Lola is a delightful and refreshing take on the romantic comedy genre, offering viewers an engaging, high-energy, and visually pleasing story that transcends traditional narratives. It is a film that celebrates the triumph of love over time and distance, and the power of the human spirit to overcome obstacles and achieve anything. Whether seen as an homage to the German classic, Run Lola Run, or on its own merits, And Then Came Lola is a must-see for anyone who enjoys quirky, uplifting, and visually stunning experiences.
And Then Came Lola is a 2009 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 11 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 4.0.