LOL (Laughing Out Loud) is a 2008 French comedy film starring Sophie Marceau, Christa Theret, and Alexandre Astier, about the coming of age of Lola (nicknamed "Lol"), her issues with her friends, and her troubled relationship with her mother.
Neither film is to be confused with an acronym for a very popular MOBA, or anything else sharing said acronym.
This film provides examples of:
- A Party, Also Known as an Orgy: Subverted - it really is an orgy.
- All Women Are Lustful: All the girls are constantly lusting after various boys. Mostly Played for Drama, though, as any possible pairings endanger their existing friendships.
- Big Fancy House: The parents are either upper middle class or flat out rich, so in many cases it's a backdrop for scenes outside school.
- Casting Gag: Sophie Marceau rose to fame in France with her starring role as Vic in the 1980 teen comedy La Boum. Here, she plays the mother of a character with similarities to Vic.
- Coming of Age Story: A group of high schoolers griping about their relationships with their parents and each other, while finding out what they really want to do with the rest of their lives.
- Divorce Is Temporary: Averted. While relations between Anne and Alain seem to be solid (especially when it comes to their children), one of the plot points is Anne getting over her marriage and finally dating other men.
- Drugs Are Bad: Inverted. There is a children-parents lecture by a Fair Cop, but both the teens and their parents either ridicule it or, like Lola and her mother, argue about why each of them should stop smoking weed. Then the same cop, despite being from an anti-drug unit, doesn't bust Anne's friends for smoking—rather, he smokes with them.
- Foreign Queasine: One of the stereotypes played hard with the English households visited by the students.
- Foreign Remake: From a French Dramedy about the struggles between parents and their maturing children into a Lighter and Softer American teen-comedy.
- Gratuitous English: The title, necessary for a double-meaning though it may be.
- Mistaken for Gay: Lola, by her mother, after reading her diary.
- My Beloved Smother: How Lola sees her loving and caring mother.
- Sex as Rite-of-Passage: Played With. Since the French original is, well, French, sex is treated as something normal and natural that simply happens between teens in love. The bigger focus is put on the relationship leading up to the act than the sex itself.
- Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll: Every. Single. Party.
- Spiritual Successor: To La Boum (1980), particularly since both films star Sophie Marceau (although in very different roles). Were the names of the characters not different, this movie could even be seen as being about a now-adult Vic trying to raise a family.
- Spoiled Brat: All of teen characters come from well-off families and act the part, with unrealistic expectations about life and the adults around them. A major part of the story is Lola finally outgrowing such behaviour.
- Surprisingly Good English: A French movie with fluent, fairly unaccented English during the student exchange scenes.
- Wild Teen Party: Especially when they are left unsupervised in any way by an adult.