Spoiler-Free Review of “Not Okay” on Hulu: Thoroughly Entertaining with a Strong Message

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“I want to be known…”

Not Okay premiered on Hulu on July 29th 2022. The dramedy film stars Zoey Deutch, Mia Isaac, Dylan O’Brien, and Nadia Alexander.

A lonely and desperate photo editor invents a trip to Paris to impress the boy she likes, but ends up getting caught up in a consuming lie in order to become “a somebody” on social media.

Here is the trailer:

Not Okay creates a story that is completely relevant in the world we live in, showing us just how harmful a lie can be to those who have survived through an actual trauma, while showing us the other side of the spectrum. Is it worthy of your next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Zoey Deutch is incredible!

I am already a huge fan of hers, but she is fantastic in this. Danni is not a likable character by any means, but she is relatable in a lot of ways and I thought that Zoey Deutch really portrayed this role in a believable way. Danni could literally be a number of lonely and confused girls on social media right now trying to make a name for themselves.

Mia Isaac was also really terrific as Rowan and truly moved me with her speech at the end. Wow…

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Highlights an accurate depiction of trying to become “somebody” on social media.

I was surprised by how much I really liked this film. I think it did a phenomenal job with the subject matter and the ending was truly moving. I think it’s very easy to think of one of the characters as a “villain,” but the film also shows us that people are capable of change, even though it may take something extreme to finally realize what it means to be seen and to be heard without being constantly judged.

The Cons:

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Not a fan of some of the supporting characters…

I don’t really have too many cons for this particular movie. I wasn’t a fan of some of the supporting characters (mostly Colin), but I totally get the point of him so it wasn’t a huge issue. It just made me scratch my head at how ridiculous some people can be when they’re trying to be someone they’re clearly not. This is exposed in the film; however, so I can’t really actually fault it. I just grew tired of hearing him talk after a while…

That being said, Dylan O’Brien did a great job with what he was given!

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!!!

An accurate and relevant watch well worth your time!

Zoey Deutch is fantastic and that was probably one of the best film endings I have seen in a long time…

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Not Okay in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

This competition is killer…

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

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Dangerous Liaisons” (2022) on Netflix: The Twisted Bet is Back

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“How far would you go to make a name for yourself?”

Dangerous Liaisons (Les Liaisons Dangereuses) released on July 8th 2022 and is available to stream on Netflix. The French remake film stars Paola Locatelli, Simon Rérolle, Ella Pellegrini, and Jin Xuan Mao. It runs for approximately an hour and forty-two minutes.

An innocent girl falls for bad boy, Tristan, as a dangerous and seductive bet is made that could ruin the lives of everyone involved.

Here is the trailer:

Dangerous Liaisons attempts to bring something new to the familiar plot, but does it do enough to earn a watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Gorgeous to look at.

The setting was absolutely gorgeous and the cast was pretty as well, which made this film aesthetically pleasing. I liked the surfer angle for our newest bad boy, mostly because we got to take in some gorgeous beach views in the South of France.

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A tale as old as time…

There have been a number of adaptations of the 1782 novel over the years. My favorite version is Cruel Intentions by far, but this newest version still channeled the timeless plot that is both wickedly seductive and romantic at the same time. While I’m not sure that the film did anything that new or different, I still enjoy this type of plot and I think the characters executed it well.

The Cons:

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I’m not sure we needed this film…

The film tried to do something new and relevant for today’s audience by introducing social media into the mix of a familiar plot. However, I’ve seen this spin done a million times and it rarely makes a unique impact. The story was pretty much the same, but this version also seemed really tame compared to Cruel Intentions.

Vanessa put forth a valiant effort as the Queen Bee, but she was no Sarah Michelle Gellar. I also had a hard time believing that Tristan was really a bad boy. He showed just how good he could be in the opening scene so there wasn’t much of a transformation by love here.

I also wanted this film to have a lot more edge and I think it paled in comparison to some of its predecessors in this category.

So am I in or out?

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I’m 50/50 on this one…

This film was absolutely gorgeous, but the execution fell flat for me and I’m not sure that we needed another update of this film. I’d recommend re-watching Cruel Intentions instead…

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

THIS COMPETITION IS KILLER…

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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Spoiler-Free Review of “He’s All That” on Netflix: The Bet is Back

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“I can take anything or anyone and make them popular…”

He’s All That premiered on August 27th 2021 on Netflix. The reboot of 1999’s She’s All That stars Addison Rae, Tanner Buchanan, Madison Pettis, Rachael Leigh Cook and Matthew Lillard. It is approximately 90 minutes long.

It’s been 22 years since one of my favorite rom-coms first premiered and I had mixed thoughts going into this watch. The original film is far from perfect, but it is a cult classic in my opinion. It has humor, a fun cast, and an epic red dress. It’s one of those movies that you can watch over and over again.

He’s All That presents us with a role reversal which has the potential to shake things up. Two original cast members appear in the film, (Cook and Lillard) which may also help persuade you to give this a watch.

Here is the trailer:

He’s All That has a lot to measure up to. She’s All That is one of my favorite movies so this will be no easy task. The role reversal has the potential to make things interesting, but does this film find its own identity or is it a watered down imitation? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Matthew Lillard is the best part of the movie…

I absolutely adore Matthew Lillard. He is the best part of Scream and a hidden gem in She’s All That. I was super excited that he was going to be appearing in this movie along with Rachael Leigh Cook. Even in such a small role, he steals the show and I was literally cheering for him at one point.

You will too!

It was smart to bring these two back although I would have liked to have seen Freddie Prinze Jr. in it as well, but I’ll take what I can get!

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Decent chemistry.

The two main characters actually had really good chemistry on screen. There were some genuine sweet moments between them and I actually really liked the karaoke party along with the Great Gatsby one. Sure, we didn’t have Taylor Vaughn spilling a drink on poor Laney Boggs, but there were some entertaining moments in this film.

The Cons:

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Social media focus replaces humor…

There are so many laugh out loud moments in the original film and while I saw the attempt in the reboot, it did not translate well. The acting left a lot to be desired as well, although I thought Buchanan was actually pretty decent.

There was such a focus on social media in this film and I don’t think it actually made it stand out in any way. A lot of films have been relying on this with a new generation and audience, but it doesn’t replace pure entertainment…

A watered down version of the original.

The reboot actually had a solid idea with the role reversal, but it did not do anything new or unique to separate itself from the original. We had several of the same moments sprinkled into the film that didn’t have the same impact and although we had a decent make-over scene, nothing will ever compare to Rachael Leigh Cook walking down the stairs in her red dress.

The film tried to present us with a positive message at the end which I appreciated, but I really wanted this film to branch off and do something different and instead it followed the formula of the original by the numbers while losing its magic in the process.

So am I in or out?

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I’m 50/50 on this one…

The movie is not bad and has some entertaining moments. Since it is on Netflix, you can easily turn this film on if you have nothing else to watch. The movie isn’t too long and plus you get to watch Rachael Leigh Cook and Matthew Lillard for a little while (the main reason I tuned in). 

I really wanted to like this movie and I think it could have really embraced the role reversal, but this film didn’t come close to the original one for me. 

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on He’s All That 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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