Although Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore haven’t exactly been out of the spotlight lately, they haven’t been seen on screen in a while, either.
In November, Cyrus thanked the guests at her 19th birthday party with these words: “You know you’re a stoner when friends make you a Bob Marley cake. You know you smoke way too much f***in’ weed.” Her friend Kelly Osbourne both perpetuated and stifled the situation, reportedly saying, “I thought salvia was your problem,” referring to Cyrus’ 2010 scandal, immediately after Cyrus blew out her birthday candles. Osbourne then defended her gal pal on Twitter: “let me make something very clear after @MileyCyrus salvia incident we started calling her bob miley as a JOKE! the cake was also A JOKE!”
Welp, you know what wasn’t a joke? Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher’s divorce. The same week Cyrus celebrated her birthday with the infamous stoner cake, Moore and Kutcher announced their split after a six-year marriage (hey, it lasted longer than anyone thought it would). Kutcher’s affairs couldn’t be overlooked any longer, not even after he purchased a $100,000 “get me out of the dog house” Lexus for Moore’s birthday. Sad, but not unexpected.
The two rag queens have joined forces for a delightful teen rom com entitled “LOL,” a remake from the writer/director of the same-name 2009 French film, due this spring. Cyrus plays “Lola,” nickname “Lol,” (see what they did there?) a 15-year-old who gets dumped by her boyfriend and starts eyeing up his best friend. Throughout the course of the film, privileged Lola gets bad grades, experiments with drugs and sex, then travels to Paris (hello, #whitegirlproblems). During this trying time, her 40-year-old mother Anne, played by Moore, copes with her own divorce. Sounds like Cyrus is “just being Miley,” and Moore plays a parody of herself, just 10 years younger. Am I right?
After Cyrus’ 2010 bong hit heard around the world, “LOL” director Lisa Azuelos reportedly decided to cut all scenes where Cyrus holds a joint, inhales pot, or is anywhere within 100 yards of the drug. Is that really necessary? After November’s stint, the scene cutting sounds more like a PR ploy than anyone sincerely looking out for Cyrus.
Perhaps 2012 will be the year of the comeback for Cyrus and Moore. Or maybe it won’t, and this flick will go straight to DVD. Ashley Greene of the “Twilight” series and Jay Hernandez of “Crazy/Beautiful” (holy throwback) also star in “LOL.” Release date TBA.
Allison Berger is a Philadelphia-based writer and a pop music columnist for Reverb. Check out more of her writing here.