LOL (Laughing Out Loud)

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This article is about the French film. For the slang abbreviation, see LOL.
LOL (Laughing Оut Loud)
LOL Poster.jpg
French theatrical release poster
Directed by Lisa Azuelos
Produced by
  • Lisa Azuelos
Written by
  • Lisa Azuelos
  • Delgado Nans
Music by Jean-Philippe Verdin
Cinematography Nathaniel Aron
Edited by Stan Collet
Distributed by Pathé
Release dates
  • 27 October 2008 (2008-10-27) (Rome)
  • 4 February 2009 (2009-02-04) (France)
Running time
98 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget €9.5 million[1]
Box office $60.2 million[2]

LOL (Laughing Out Loud) is a 2008 French comedy film directed by Lisa Azuelos and starring Sophie Marceau, Christa Theret, and Alexandre Astier.[3] Written by Azuelos and Delgado Nans, the film is about a teenage girl whose life is split between her studies in a prestigious Parisian high school, her secret diary, her friends, boyfriends, her divorced parents, drugs, and sexuality. For her performance in the film, Sophie Marceau won the Monte-Carlo Comedy Film Festival Jury Prize for Best Actress in 2008. Christa Theret received a César Award nomination for Most Promising Actress in 2010.[4] The letters "LOL" mean "laughing out loud" in text language.


Lola (Christa Theret) is a teenage girl living with her mother Anne (Sophie Marceau), who is divorced from Lola's father, Alain (Alexandre Astier). Nicknamed lol by her friends, Lola has been taking her first steps into teenage romance, dating a boy from her class named Arthur (Felix Moati). Following the summer break, Lola's life becomes complicated when Arthur tells her that he cheated on her over the summer and was dating her friend, Lvis. Lola decides to break things off with him and start seeing his close friend, Maël (Jeremy Kapone). Lola's friends seem to enjoy complicating matters even more. But little did she know that Life at home has also become impossible with her mother, who has no idea what "LOL" means. She treats her teenage daughter like a child, and lol is tired of it while her mother is wondering whatever happened to her sweet little daughter. Lola attempts to play her mother and father against each other for her own advantage, but what she doesn't know is that Anne and Alain have begun dating again on the sly. After a class trip to England her relationship with her mother comes crumbling down.


  • Sophie Marceau as Anne
  • Christa Theret as Lola
  • Alexandre Astier as Alain
  • Jérémy Kapone as Maël
  • Marion Chabassol as Charlotte
  • Lou Lesage as Stéphane
  • Émile Bertherat as Paul-Henri
  • Félix Moati as Arthur
  • Louis Sommer as Mehdi
  • Adèle Choubard as Provence
  • Jade-Rose Parker as Isabelle de Peyrefitte
  • Warren Guetta as David Lévy
  • Jocelyn Quivrin as Lucas
  • Françoise Fabian as Anne's mother
  • Christiane Millet as Charlotte's mother
  • Lise Lamétrie as the CPE
  • Thaïs Alessandrin as Louise
  • Tom Invernizzi as Théo
  • Stéphanie Murat as Cathy
  • Laurent Bateau as Romain
  • Valérie Karsenti as Laurence
  • Pierre Niney as Julien
  • Jean-Claude Dauphin as the Minister
  • Olivier Cruveiller as Maël's father
  • Katia Caballero as Maël's mother
  • Vincent Jasinskij as Léon
  • Patty Hannock as Madame Claude, the English teacher
  • Axel Kiener as the Maths teacher
  • Étienne Alsama as the Minister's driver
  • Virginie Lente as Lili
  • Esmeralda Kroy as Paul-Henri's mother
  • Vivienne Vernes as Lili's mother
  • Lucille O'Flanagan-Le Cam as the Lady Di Englishwoman
  • Sofía Rodríguez as Amaia's mother
  • Lisa Azuelos as the psychanalyst[5]

Critical response[edit]

A cultural critic writing for The Independent noted that the film portrayed British culture in the way it is stereotypically imagined by many French to be, showing a small town outside London where it "never stops raining. The streets are populated by middle-aged women in dowdy, floral dresses carrying garish umbrellas. For dinner, the French teenagers are served white bread, marmalade and pasta – on the same plate."[6] In France the film was well received as depicting a generation of youngsters, such as other films in the 80s and the 90s had.


Main article: LOL (2012 film)

A remake was released on 4 May 2012. The film stars Miley Cyrus, Demi Moore, Ashley Greene, Adam Sevani, and Douglas Booth.[7]


  1. ^ "LOL (Laughing Out Loud)". JP's Box Office. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
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  3. ^ "LOL (Laughing Out Loud)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Awards for LOL (Laughing Out Loud)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Full cast and crew for LOL (Laughing Out Loud)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  6. ^ Lichfield, John (7 August 2010). "Little Britain: How the rest of the world sees us". The Independent. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "LOL (2012)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 

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