LOL (2012 film)


Theatrical release poster
Directed by Lisa Azuelos
Produced by Loredana Mortensen Michael Shamberg
Stacey Sher
Tish Cyrus
Screenplay by Lisa Azuelos
Kamir Aïnouz
Based on LOL (Laughing Out Loud)
by Lisa Azuelos
Nans Delgado
Starring Miley Cyrus
Demi Moore
Douglas Booth
Jim Ross
Music by Rob Simonsen
Cinematography Kieran McGuigan
Edited by Myron Kerstein
Mandate Pictures
Double Feature Films
Distributed by Lionsgate Films
Release dates
  • February 10, 2012 (2012-02-10) (India)
  • March 1, 2012 (2012-03-01) (Singapore)
  • May 4, 2012 (2012-05-04) (United States)
Running time
97 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $11 million[1]
Box office $10.4 million[2]

LOL is a 2012 American coming of age romance film directed by Lisa Azuelos, written by Azuelos and Kamir Aïnouz. The film is a remake of the 2008 French film LOL (Laughing Out Loud). It stars Miley Cyrus, Demi Moore, Ashley Greene and Adam Sevani. It was filmed in 2010 but released by Lionsgate two years later, in the United States on May 4, 2012, as a limited release in 105 theaters without promotion. Before its release in the US, LOL was released in India and Singapore. The film was released in 26 countries. The film received negative reviews from film critics and it earned $18.3 million on a $11 million budget.


Lola (Miley Cyrus) leads an ordinary life, with her boyfriend Chad (George Finn), and best friends Emily (Ashley Hinshaw), Janice (Lina Esco) and Kyle (Douglas Booth). When they return to school, Lola discovers that Chad has cheated on her over the summer, so the two of them break up. Lola and Kyle begin to realize that they have feelings for each other and pursue a relationship, but this is complicated due to the fact that Chad and Kyle are friends, and Lola's "enemy" Ashley (Ashley Greene) wants to date Kyle. Kyle and his band want to compete in the Battle of the Bands, but Kyle's dad doesn't support Kyle's passion for music and feels that it is getting in the way of his schoolwork. During the movie, Lola records all of these events in her diary.



Principal photography started on July 16, 2010 in Dearborn, Michigan.[3] LOL was primarily filmed at Grosse Pointe South High School in the city of Grosse Pointe, a suburb northeast of Detroit, Michigan.[4] It was also shot in Chicago, Illinois.[5] In September 2010, production moved to Paris.[6] Post-production began on September 14, 2010, and required a year and two weeks before it was completed on November 1, 2011. The film was set to be released in 2011 but it was pushed to 2012. The movie was initially supposed to be a television drama, but such plans were changed when the series ran into legal issues connected to the French film of the same name. Many scenes from the movie were originally supposed to be a part of longer episodes, which would have expanded upon the concepts involved (Lola's trip to Paris was originally supposed to be a special scheduled to come after the episode that included the scene in which Anne reads her diary). Some speculate that the movie was a sort of montage of the series, which were written to include true plots and character arcs.


  1. "Everybody" - Ingrid Michaelson
  2. "Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime" – Jean-Phillipe Verdin
  3. "You Can't Always Get What You Want" – The Rolling Stones
  4. "Somewhere Only We Know" – Keane
  5. "Houdini" – Foster the People
  6. "The Big Bang" – Rock Mafia
  7. "Microphone" – Coconut Records
  8. "Location" – Freelance Whales
  9. "Cul et chemise" – BB Brunes
  10. "Birds" – The Submarines
  11. “Heart on Fire" — Jonathan Clay
  12. "Little Sister" — Jonathan Clay and Becky Henkel
  13. "Dreamers" - Jean-Philippe Verdin


LOL was originally set to have a wide domestic release, but instead, it was rushed into a limited release with no significant marketing from the theatrical team. The movie was released only because of a technicality in the contract.[1]

On February 10, 2012, the film was released for the first time in India, and on March 1, 2012, in Singapore. The feature film also had a limited release on May 4, 2012, in the United States.

Critical response

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 17% approval rating and an average score of 3.7/10 based on six reviews.[7]

Awards and nominations

Award Category Recipient Result
2012 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Romance Miley Cyrus Nominated[8]
2012 Do Something Awards Movie Star: Female Nominated[9]

Home media

The film was available on DVD, Blu-ray, digital download, and on-demand on July 31, 2012 in the United States from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.[10]


  1. 1 2 Fritz, Ben; Kaufman, Amy (April 18, 2012). "OMG! Miley Cyrus' 'LOL' gets no love from Lionsgate". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 2, 2013.
  2. LOL at Box Office Mojo
  3. Christine (July 16, 2010). "LOL filming in Dearborn, MI today". On Location Vacations. Retrieved December 27, 2013.
  4. Monaghan, John (August 12, 2010). "OMG! Miley Cyrus wows fans in Grosse Pointe". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved December 27, 2013.
  5. Gomez, Luis (April 11, 2012). "Trailer for Chicago-based 'LOL' features Miley Cyrus, Edwardo's Pizza sign". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 27, 2013.
  6. Vena, Jocelyn (September 7, 2010). "Miley Cyrus And Ashley Greene Shoot 'LOL' In Paris". MTV. Retrieved December 27, 2013.
  7. "LOL (2012)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved April 8, 2012.
  8. "New 2012 Teen Choice Awards Nominations Led By Breaking Dawn & Snow White". Gossip Cop Media. June 14, 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
  9. "Vote". VH1 News. June 14, 2012. Retrieved August 7, 2012.
  10. "July 2012 – New Releases". Lions Gate Entertainment. Retrieved 15 July 2012.

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