If you’re searching for a Saturday night movie that’s more than just okay, Not Okay is a seriously despicable and entertaining movie to sink your teeth into.
It’s the latest addition to Searchlight Movies’ roster, but homebodies will be happy to know that it’s skipped straight past theatres and has gone straight to the streaming platform, Hulu.
The film opens with a dire warning about its “unlikeable female protagonist,” and boy, do we get a very unlikeable character.
The film stars Zoey Deutch as Danni Sanders, the unlikeable female protagonist in question. Danni works as a photo editor at the fictional online magazine Depravity, but she dreams of becoming a writer one day. More than that, she dreams of finding fame through social media, much like her office crush Colin (Dylan O’Brien) has managed to do.
In a desperate attempt to be liked, she pretends to go on a trip to Paris for likes on Instagram but soon finds herself in a bit of a mess when the real Paris is suddenly rocked by terrorist attacks.
Well, let’s not give anything else away, but you can imagine the chaos that ensues as her lie continues to snowball.
Not Okay is a poignant look at social media, viral stardom, and the lengths that many will go to in order to achieve it. Deutch does an incredible job of playing this “unlikeable” character, and you really do not feel sorry for her when her lies finally begin to unravel.
While Deutch puts out a stellar performance, many viewers will agree that Mia Issacs, who plays Rowan in the film, may be the cherry on top of a pretty but lopsided cake. The two characters are also the perfect contrast to each other – one showcasing the darker aspects of social media fame and the other shining a light on all the good that can be achieved when social media is used correctly.
While Not Okay may not win any Academy Awards, it really is a great movie that explores the dangers of social media and provides incredible performances from its cast, making it well worth a watch.
Watch the trailer below:
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