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Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Mature doc about outrageous scam is funny, sad, instructive.

Movie NR 2019 97 minutes
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age 15+

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age 15+

Mediocre business people playing pretend with real life dire consequences

Ja Rule says near the end of the documentary..."Nobody died...Nobody got hurt." But that is not necessarily true. The documentary shows that plenty of people were hurt, lost jobs, were sued, spent money they did not have (like life savings), have PTSD and all in service of a charismatic person that through the guise of positive thinking and grandiose words thought he could will infrastructure into being without expert help. Excellent film depicting the power of social media, celebrity status and hyperbolic culture that allows mediocre business people to play pretend with real life dire consequences.

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Smith and his crew successfully capture the often hilarious, often shocking, and sometimes sad outcomes associated with this mega-disaster of a non-event. Smith's interviews in Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened are compelling, insightful, and rigorous. In particular, staff members Andy Hill and Marc Weinstein offer unexpectedly open, personal recollections. It all happened recently, and it's more powerful for that immediacy. Viewers who may laugh loud and long at the "trials and tribulations" of the very rich people who were the marks of such an outrageous con man will certainly feel the poignancy of the many who were swindled out of time and money. And the outcomes for the idealistic, high-achieving staffers in New York City who worked diligently for more than a year on a website that had promise are particularly touching. As for McFarland? Who could imagine a delusional narcissist of such humongous nerve could fool so many?

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