Spoiler-Free Review of “Fakes” on Netflix: A Blast to Binge-Watch

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“All good things come to an end…”

Fakes premiered on September 2nd 2022 on Netflix. There are ten episodes in total that are all available to stream now. The Canadian comedy series stars Jennifer Tong, Emilija Baranac, and Richard Harmon. Each episode is approximately 22-26 minutes.

Best friends, Zoe and Becca, start their own fake ID empire, but things get complicated when their life of crime stumbles out of control.

Here is the trailer:

Fakes is very much Booksmart meets Teenage Bounty Hunters with a flair of its own, but does it do enough to become your next worthy binge-watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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A fun concept with super short episodes.

I personally really liked the premise for this one. It really gave off some Teenage Bounty Hunter vibes in a good way. I had so much fun watching this and it was very easy to binge-watch with the shorter episodes.

The soundtrack was awesome and the main characters were likable for the most part. I also liked how the series did episodes from different perspectives to give this show a unique voice of its own.

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Richard Harmon is the best part of the show!

I’m already a huge fan of his from The 100, but he really gave this series a much needed edge. He is hilarious, but he also had some deeper layers, which I appreciated. He is a scene stealer for sure!

The Cons:

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Starts off a little unsure of itself.

The first two episodes were a little iffy for me. I wasn’t sure if I was going to keep tuning in, but I was hooked by the time I got to episode three. The series really found its voice then and I also started to connect to all of the characters a lot more at this point. Not all of the humor landed, but there were enough entertaining moments to enjoy.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!!!

This was a super fun watch with great characters and a really cool concept that I thoroughly enjoyed. If you’re looking for something light and fun to shake things up, you’re in the right place.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Fakes in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

PLAY BY THE RULES…STAY ALIVE…

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A harmless night of fun turns deadly for six college friends but the game has only just begun. Take a mystery thrill ride right from your own living room. Dash and Seek is out now! I hope you enjoy!

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Boo, Bitch” on Netflix: Supernatural “Mean Girls”

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“I’m dead…ish!”

Boo, Bitch released on July 8th 2022 on Netflix with eight episodes available to stream now. The comedy series stars Lana Condor, Zoe Margaret Colletti, Mason Versaw, and Tenzing Norgay Trainor. Each episode runs for approximately 24-26 minutes.

Two best friends attempt to make their senior year a memorable one, but things don’t go according to plan when one of them winds up being a ghost.

Here is the trailer:

Boo, Bitch is very much Booksmart meets Mean Girls with a supernatural edge, but does it do enough to find its own identity separate from these films? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Spooky fun concept.

I really loved the premise of this show. Supernatural comedies are popping up left and right and they are all bringing something unique to the table. Even though this series is about ghosts, it was also about growing up and finding your place in life and I think the series made a valiant attempt to explore all of these themes.

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Highlights a genuine friendship.

The best part of the series was this friendship and I appreciated that it felt real. It elevated the show in a lot of ways. I thought both of these characters were fun on their own, but the friendship between them was what made them more interesting and it kept me emotionally invested.

The Cons

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Not that original…

This series really borrowed a lot from Mean Girls and Booksmart, but I’m not sure that it ever really found its identity separate from these films, although it did try with its twist reveal.

A lot of the humor didn’t land and the dialogue was really painful at times. I’m not sure that teens actually talk this way and it felt forced and awkward.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in about 75 percent…

I loved the premise of this show and the friendship between Erika and Gia was worth sticking around for, but I’ve seen this type of show before and I’m not sure that it ever found its real identity.

That being said, it’s still a quick binge-watch if you’re looking for a new supernatural comedy to watch.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Boo, Bitch in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

DON’T TAKE THE JOB…

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It was only supposed to be temporary…but when Olivia Crewe accepts a new position that seems too good to be true, she soon discovers that twelve other girls previously had the same job as her. Only none of them lasted for more than thirty days. No notice. Nothing…right before they mysteriously disappeared without a trace.

My supernatural thriller Girl Number Thirteen is out now! I hope you enjoy!

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Emergency” (2022) on Prime Video: A Unique College Comedy

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“There’s an unconscious white girl in our living room…”

Emergency (2022) released on Prime Video on May 27th 2022. The dark comedy thriller film stars Donald Elise Watkins, RJ Cyler, Sebastian Chacon, Maddie Nichols, and Sabrina Carpenter. It runs for approximately an hour and forty-five minutes.

College roommates are forced to put their night of partying on hold when they discover an unconscious girl in their living room.  

Here is the trailer:

Emergency is smart and funny with a resonating message at its core. Is it worthy of your next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Not your average college comedy…

This film definitely had some Superbad and Booksmart vibes, but it also managed to step away from these films. It found its own voice and also created an important conversation worth having. There was an interesting balance going on, but I think that it worked in the film’s favor. It was mostly a comedy, but it also tackled issues of race, social class, and police profiling.

Fun cast!

I thought the performances were really solid in this one and Sebastian Chacon was on another level of funny. You really believed that these three were friends, which helped me connect to the movie that much more. There were some laugh-out-loud moments, but there were also some really heartfelt and emotional ones as well, so it was important to witness believable performances and I think that we did.

The Cons:

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Takes a while to get going…

Even though I enjoyed this film, I thought the second half was much stronger than the first. This film was a little slow at times and I think it struggled with its identity as well. I appreciated that it was trying to do something different here, which made it stand out from other films in this genre, but it needed to work on the execution a little more to make everything that much more seamless.

I also thought the tagline was a little confusing. It was advertised as “it’s not what it looks like,” but I’m not sure that this was very fitting after watching it…

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

Overall, this film was very entertaining with lots of layers. The ending was done very well and the performances were convincing and powerful.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Emergency (2022) in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

DON’T TAKE THE JOB…

It was only supposed to be temporary…but when Olivia Crewe accepts a new position that seems too good to be true, she soon discovers that twelve other girls previously had the same job as her. Only none of them lasted for more than thirty days. No notice. Nothing…right before they mysteriously disappeared without a trace.

My supernatural thriller Girl Number Thirteen is out now! I hope you enjoy!

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Spoiler-Free Review of “The Fallout” on HBO Max: Low Key and Honest Coming-of-Age Story

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“I feel like I’m fine…”

The Fallout released on HBO Max on January 27th 2022. The teen coming-of-age drama stars Jenna Ortega, Maddie Ziegler, Julie Bowen, Niles Fitch and Shailene Woodley. The film runs for an hour and thirty-five minutes.

After a devastating and traumatic event, Vada begins to reevaluate her life and her relationships. She bonds with new friends and attempts to find a way to cope with her grief one day at a time.

*Please note there are issues of trauma depicted in this film and the viewer advisory at the beginning of the film should be noted.*

Here is the trailer:

The Fallout manages to create an authentic approach to teen trauma as it delivers with its talented cast and emotional content. Is it worthy of YOUR next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Award-worthy performances…

I’m already a huge fan of Jenna Ortega and she is the main reason why I decided to watch this movie. This isn’t the type of film I would normally watch, but I was immediately drawn in by her believable and genuine performance. The other performances were really solid as well.

This subject matter is really delicate and one could easily over-do it, but Jenna Ortega managed to portray her character in such a real and compelling way. It almost felt like you were her friend in real life. It was that believable.

In a lot of ways, the film reminded me of a more emotional Booksmart. It had that same kind of vibe with its simplicity and it worked in the film’s favor.

Depicts real aspects of trauma, recovery, and identity without hitting you over the head.

I’ve seen a lot of coming-of-age films and while some of them have moved me, this one was on another level and the main reason behind that was because of how low-key it was. It addressed a lot of issues that the new generation is dealing with on a daily basis and yet it never seemed like it was preaching at anyone or making assumptions. It was just an honest and emotional story.

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Bold ending.

There will be no spoilers in this review, but the ending of this film really struck a chord with me. This film could have easily ended in one particular way, but instead it went down a different route which was extremely powerful. I think the writer and director absolutely took a big chance with this, but it paid off and really added to the authenticity of the film.

The Cons:

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I don’t have any…

This film was as close to perfection as it gets. Every aspect just worked and it truly touched me.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in 100 percent!!!!

Beautiful, genuine, and emotional.

This film really explored the aspects of trauma and recovery in such a powerful way without ever overdoing it. The performances were exceptional and I think this may have just become one of my favorite films of all time!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The Fallout in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

Face your fear…

When former friends, Shay and Adriana team up to participate in a Halloween scavenger hunt with a cash prize, they temporarily put their differences aside to outsmart their opponents. However, they soon start to realize that a dangerous threat is playing their own version of the game, stalking them during each hunt.

Winning is now a necessity as their lives are at stake. As old wounds and memories re-surface, Shay and Adriana attempt to unmask the threat before the night is over, but soon learn that Scream Hunt is not done with them just yet…

My young adult horror thriller is out now! I hope you enjoy!

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