Daryl Wein’s Latest Venture: “Lola Versus”

Daryl Wein started his film directing career at Staples. He went on to Tisch at NYU, and USC’s film and TV school.

Daryl Wein

Daryl honed his craft making indie films like “Sex Positive.” He broke out 2 years ago with “Breaking Upwards.”

Now — just 10 years out of high school — the multi-talented, mischievous director is taking the next big step.

Lola Versus” is his 1st studio film. In addition to directing, Daryl co-wrote it with his long-time girlfriend, Zoe Lister-Jones. The cast includes Debra Winger, Greta Gerwig and Hamish Linklater.

Fox Searchlight releases “Lola Versus” in New York and Los Angeles this Friday (June 8). The quick synopsis:

Dumped by her boyfriend just 3 weeks before their wedding, Lola enlists her close friends for a series of adventures she hopes will help her come to terms with approaching 30 as a single woman.

The Hollywood Reporter called it “convincing in its depiction of late-20s romantic anxiety (if not of that age bracket’s real estate realities)… broadly appealing without bowing too deeply to formula.”

It adds:

The script is particularly strong in its last act, avoiding easy fixes and new romance and instead allowing its heroine to act out just enough to finally get tired of herself. Its solitude-is-okay message is hardly novel, but Wein’s comfortable way of reaching that point will resonate with viewers still trying to achieve that particular brand of enlightenment.

The competition is fierce. This is summer blockbuster time.

But with the right promotion — and a few breaks — Daryl’s deft touch could soon reach audiences all across the country.

(Click below for the trailer. Click here for a story on Daryl and Zoe from last Sunday’s New York Post.)

5 responses to “Daryl Wein’s Latest Venture: “Lola Versus”

  1. Fred Cantor

    Daryl appeared in “All Good Things,” the rock musical I produced about The Remains that premiered at the NY International Fringe Festival in 2004. He was at NYU at the time. David Roth, who directed the show, told me back then in casting Daryl that he was immensely talented and predicted big things for him. (Perhaps David has some stock tips he would like to share with 06880 readers.) Congrats to Daryl and we definitely look forward to seeing the new movie.

  2. Congrats to Daryl, and to Jan Sparling Wein, our classmate and his proud mom.

  3. Thanks Dan! You’re the best. – Daryl

  4. Wendy Crowther

    I saw an ad for this movie on TV at some point during the last week. It caught my attention more than most ads for movies do these days. I’m psyched to hear that there’s a local connection – thanks, Dan, for always pointing out those connections. Good luck to Daryl and Zoe. I hope it’s a hit.

  5. Thanks Dan my fellow classmate and friend you are always so kind in your writing of Daryl’s new ventures. I know he really appreciates all your support.