Say When (or Laggies as it’s called in the US) might be an example of a film trying too hard to be indie. It’s got the premise of a twenty something woman going through a ‘quarter life crisis’, who ends up befriending a teenager (Chloe Grace Moretz) and finding herself mixed up in the girl’s life, and inevitably the father’s (Sam Rockwell). If that doesn’t sound cutesy and indie enough, Ben Gibbard provides the soundtrack. It’s ridiculously hokey and maybe if I was in a different mood it would be insufferable but it just about stays on track, owing largely to a few laughs at the beginning and Sam Rockwell turning up later on to provide his usual, curious presence, which is just about enough to see it through. It’s a gentle little comedy with some nice human touches straddling the annoying/pleasant divide just about correctly, with Knightley keeping us on board with her first world difficulties.
Review by David Rank
Say When is out now in the UK. Running time 99 mins. Certificate 15 (UK).