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By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Friends exploit investors with app; language, sex, drugs.

Movie NR 2021 97 minutes
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Bankrolled savagely rips and gleefully satirizes the ego-driven app world. Described as "nerds who want to save the world," those nerds achieve the "coolness" that had previously eluded them through app success, creating any old app that will make them fortunes, no matter how absurd or mercenary. Melon-Meter will tell you if a melon is ripe. Someone creates a knockoff Tindr, a get-sex-now app for dogs. App creators and funders boast showy support of "LGBTTQQIAAP" causes. A drug seller has a QR code tattooed to his neck so that customers can pay him easily.

The movie presents this world as crass, crude, and self-promoting. Anyone who doesn't have their own cryptocurrency is mocked. Blas rolls his eyes endlessly as he watches Polo sink deeper into the superficial world of start-ups and, as a comic device, that gets old quick. That's because the movie's biggest flaw is that there's no one to like here, no redeemable anti-hero, no lovable villain, no one who wins us over after disappointing us. Still, older teens might find it amusing, and it could generate discussion about the role that apps play in our lives.

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