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LOL (Laughing Out Loud) is a 2008 French comedy film starring Sophie Marceau, Christa Theret, Lisa Azuelos, Alexandre Astier and Pierre Niney, about the coming of age of Lola (nicknamed "Lol"), her issues with her friends, and her troubled relationship with her mother.

It was remade in 2012 with Miley Cyrus, Demi Moore, and Ashley Greene. (Lisa Azuelos the writer and director of the original, performed the same functions on the remake.)

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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wild Teen Party: Especially when they are left unsupervised in any way by an adult.