Friday, September 2, 2022

Not Okay (2022)

Streaming Service: Hulu
Movie Name/Year: Not Okay (2022)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Length: 1h 40min
Rating: R
Production/Distribution: Makeready, Searchlight Pictures, Disney+, Hulu
Director: Quinn Shephard
Writer: Quinn Shephard
Actors: Zoey Deutch, Mia Isaac, Dylan O’Brien, Nadia Alexander, Tia Dionne Hodge, Negin Farsad, Embeth Davidtz, Brennan Brown, Karan Soni, Dash Perry
Blurb from IMDb: An ambitious young woman finds followers and fame when she poses as the survivor of a deadly attack, but she soon learns that online notoriety comes with a terrible price.

Selina’s Point of View:
I had my reservations about Not Okay from the moment I saw the trailer. The main character was painted as a rich white girl that wanted pity for her privilege. I was immediately turned off to her.
Turns out, she was not misrepresented.
At the very beginning of the film, she talks about how she regrets not being there for 9/11. From there on out, she was unredeemable to me. In fact, my immediate thought was that she sounded like Lena Dunham. I was a little amused that the movie then picked up on that and told her that was not someone to aspire to.
I respected that.

Going into it, I believed I knew exactly where Not Okay was heading and how it would end. After all, movies tend to end in a way where the awful characters that pull stunts like the one in this film learn their lesson but get rewarded anyway. I hate that because it doesn’t seem to deter the offending action.
I was very surprised when that was not what happened.
The ending of Not Okay made sense. It made a lot more sense than the endings of these films ever seem to. It was done so correctly, that it elevated the rest of the film.
I wish I could say that it made me happy I watched, but it just felt like a couple of good moments in a sea of cringe.
There was exactly 1 likeable character in the entire flick. Everyone else was so utterly annoying and up their own ass, that was impossible to care. The fact that the ending was good, doesn’t excuse the fact that I sat through an hour and a half of nonsense first.
Some people may be able to watch everything in context, but it just didn’t work for me.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 74%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 59%
Metascore – 62%
Metacritic User Score – 5.9
IMDB Score –6.0/10
Trust the Dice: Selina’s Rating 2.5/5
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