A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No clear messages here, but the movie does give teens plenty to talk about in terms of internet fame, posting videos, trolling, being mean or kind, relating to others, etc. Has posting videos online affected the way we see others? How can this change for the better?
Positive Role Models
No role models here. As captivating as the main character is -- i.e., her apparent freedom to do whatever comes into her head -- she's certainly not someone worth emulating. She steals, kidnaps, and eventually kills. Also, a man cruelly imitates Tourette's syndrome for laughs.
Violence & Scariness
Guns and shooting, bloody wounds. Tourniquet applied to wounds. A man punches a teen girl in the face; bloody wounds shown. A teen girl chases a teen boy with a baseball bat; he grabs a meat cleaver. Character bashed on the head with a bat, with blood spurting. A man is sliced in the chest with a knife; small, bleeding wound. Disturbing video imagery. Vomiting; a man urinates in his pants. Hateful talk in online videos and comments ("kill yourself," etc.). A young girl plays with a toy gun.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A girl who claims to be 17 pretends to seduce an older man. She straddles him while wearing a sexy outfit; he's strapped to the bed. Innuendo.
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Very strong, frequent language, including "f--k," "s--t," "p---y," "c--t," "bitch," "ass," "d--k," "whore," "f--got," and "dildo," plus "Jesus" (as an exclamation).
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Products & Purchases
YouTube isn't mentioned or shown, but videos are designed to look like YouTube uploads.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Main character (who claims to be 17) smokes cigarettes and takes psychedelic mushrooms. Older character swallows a horse tranquilizer. Both characters said to have sniffed paint from a paper bag (not shown).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Like Me is a semi-experimental movie about a young woman who does seemingly random things in order to post them online. It has unsettling imagery, almost like little art installations within the movie. Violence includes guns and shooting, a knife and cutting, and bashing with a baseball bat; there are blood spurts and bloody wounds. There's cruel, hateful talk (usually from online comments), as well as swearing, including "f--k," "s--t," "c--t," "p---y," and more. The main character and an older man are in a sexual situation (she pretends to seduce him while wearing a sheer outfit), and they take psychedelic mushrooms together. They also appear to have sniffed spray paint from a paper bag. The young woman, who says she's 17, also smokes cigarettes. Without much of a story, the movie may be challenging for many viewers, but it brings up discussion-worthy questions about internet fame, posting videos, trolling, being mean or kind, relating to others, and so on. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
More like experimental cinema than a mainstream movie, this dark, unsettling, somewhat plotless film takes an unusual, colorful, and arty look at millennial narcissism and loneliness. The results are hypnotically compelling. Newcomer writer-director Robert Mockler uses twitchy video pieces -- a second or two of footage jerking back and forth -- throughout Like Me, sprinkling bits of disturbing behavior in between the segments; this makes them seem even more dislocated and less like a story. Occasional oddities, like a campfire turning into a bank of glowing TV monitors, further the strangeness.
It's Timlin who creates the through line. She's bemused, often curious, sometimes unsure, and always compelling, even as Kiya's actions become more and more unhinged. Her unlikely friendship with Marshall (cult horror favorite Fessenden) also provides some emotional pull. In one scene, Kiya nearly shows evidence of her crime to a little girl, simply to make a connection. But in the final scene, Mockler lets the camera linger for a long time on the image of a beach; there's no more video feed, no more artiness ... just some hard reality.
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