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By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Intense thriller about cyberbullying has violence, language.

Movie NR 2019 93 minutes
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There are some movies that are so unsettling and provocative, it's a foregone conclusion that they'll haunt one's thoughts for the weeks and months to come. #Like is one of those movies. It's a kind of cybervigilante revenge fantasy that explores the same murky gray morality explored in Dostoevski's Crime and Punishment, and like Roskolnikov, we see Rosie's descent into fevered madness precipitated by her increasing awareness that her taking on the roles of judge, jury, and executioner isn't as clear-cut as she had initially thought, even in a patriarchal society as flawed as the one conveyed in the movie. It's an unflinching look at the ravages of cyberstalking, cyberbullying, and real-life bullying, and the degree to which no one is innocent (in all senses of that word), and nearly everyone is complicit.

The acting is extraordinary, across the board. The teens come across as actual teens, in all of their hubris, innocence, cruelty, and innate hyper-awareness and skepticism of the adult world around them. As "The Man" who is taken prisoner, Marc Menchaca reveals just enough to present a character who might be creepy enough to be the actual cyberstalker responsible for the suicide of Rosie's younger sister, but gradually reveals a third dimension to the character that may suggest otherwise as more information is revealed. Not all of it works, and some parts of the story come across as shoehorned in to drive home the bigger messages the movie is trying to communicate, but overall, this is an unforgettable movie that should inspire deep reflection and discussion.

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