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LOL is a 2012 American coming-of-age comedy film directed and co-written by Lisa Azuelos.
It is based on the 2008 French smash-hit, LOL (Laughing Out Loud) (R), which was itself a remake of the French movie La boum, and stars Miley Cyrus as a teen girl navigating through the peer pressures of high school romance and friendship and Demi Moore as her protective mother.
The film was directed by Lisa Azuelos, who had also written and directed the original film. The screenplay was dramatized by Lisa Azuelos and Kamir Aïnouz, based on the film LOL (Laughing Out Loud)(R). Headlined, as stated above, by Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore, the film featured a strong ensemble cast which also included Ashley Greene, Golden Globe nominated actor Thomas Jane, Jay Hernandez, Hollywood legend Marlo Thomas, Nora Dunn, Gina Gershon, Fisher Stevens and Austin Nichols. The cast likewise featured Douglas Booth, Adam Sevani, George Finn and Ashley Hinshaw, whereas newcomers Lina Esco and Tanz Watson made or followed up their respective debuts in it. It was produced by Academy Award-nominated Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher of Double Feature Films (Erin Brockovich, Best Picture, 2000) and Tish Cyrus (The Last Song). Its executive producers were Nathan Kahane, Jerome Seydoux, Romain Le Grand and Lisa Azuelos, and Nicole Brown of Mandate Pictures and Kelli Konop, Taylor Latham, and James Powers of Double Feature Films served as co-producers.
The film started production on July 16, 2010 and later finished filming and went to post-production on Sept. 14, 2010. It was filmed primarily in the city of Grosse Pointe, a community on the east side of Detroit, MI, and required a year and two weeks of post production before it was completed on November 1, 2011. In January of 2012, the film finally got a trailer, and days later, a poster was designed and printed for it.
On February 10, 2012, the film was released for the first time in India, and later, on March 1st, 2012, in Singapore. Later, it was announced that the film would be released on limited release on May 4, 2012 in the United States. The film, the announcement went on, would be released as Lola in Brazil, LOL: Laughing Out Loud in Germany, (Summer. Classmates. Love) in Russia and Casi 18: LOL (Almost 18: LOL) in Latin America.
Three different trailers were released for the movie--a British trailer, a German trailer, and an American trailer.
LionsGate had two years to market the film nationwide, but instead it rushed the movie to only limited theatrical release on May 4th, 2012, without substantial marketing, which LionsGate's home entertainment division handled for LOL. The film would have been released directly to DVD if not for a technicality in its distribution contract.
LionsGate chose to debut the film, without a formal premiere, to a limited release of 105 theaters in the United States, on May 4, 2012. On the premiere weekend, the movie had proven to be a box-office bomb, making only $46,500 in its limited release - a slight percentage of its $11 million budget.
On March 11, 2012, LOL made $21,000 in Singapore and was only released for two weeks in seven theaters.
Critically, the film received mixed reviews from critics. As of May 21, it held a rating of 51% on Rotten Tomatoes with negative reviews from especially prominent film critics on the site. The movie was panned by users on IMDB, garnering a 1.7 user rating and is currently listed at #22 on the website's Bottom 100.