On the DashFUN start page there is a block with the heading “Upcoming top films” relatively high up on the right. The order of the ten titles listed there is based on the viewing figures of the previous day – so it is the ten upcoming films that are currently most in demand by DashFUN readers. Normally the usual suspects cavort there – and again and again less big titles appear, for which a trailer or a review appeared the day before. But they’re usually gone after a day or two.
But not so with “Not Okay”: The bitter-bitter-bitter-bitter-nasty social media satire about the viral rise of a fake terror victim has really stayed on this list in the weeks before its launch on Disney+ – almost every day in the top 3! So it doesn’t look like a flash in the pan – but rather like a sustained, swelling hype. Although we in the editorial department are not sure whether this is due to an interest in the film – or is it primarily due to the conspicuously bleached Dylan O’Brien?
» “Not Okay” on Disney+*
In order to impress her secret influencer crush Colin (Dylan O’Brien), relentlessly self-centered photo editor Danni Sanders (Zoey Deutch) fakes a trip to Paris with Photoshop and green screen. But just moments after she posted a photo of herself and the Eiffel Tower on Instagram, a devastating terrorist attack took place right there. Almost overnight Danni became an internet celebrity as “the survivor of the Paris bombs”…
We’ve already seen “Not Okay” – even if the actions of the naively egocentric Danni are sometimes so cringe are that we could only look further through our fingers because of the sheer shame of others. But that doesn’t mean that the film is bad – on the contrary: In addition to the performance of the bleached “Maze Runner” star Dylan O’Brien, who lets out his inner Pete Davidson here as a constantly smoking influencer caricature, the director is particularly enthusiastic Quinn Shephard (“Midnight Sun”) wrote a self-written script for an uninhibitedly savage social media satire that luckily doesn’t come up with (too) easy answers.
The conclusion to our 3.5-star review is therefore: “Not Okay” is far more complex than the usual social media satire that simply poke fun at the greed and shallowness of influencer culture. Here, too, not every gag hits the (right) target, but at least the laughter keeps getting stuck in your throat and you can’t avoid thinking for yourself.
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