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Not Okay

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Online celebrity satire has mature themes, language.

Movie R 2022 103 minutes
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Not okay is your basic “Cancel Culture” movie. Dani is a young women who will do anything to get famous. She pretended to take a trip to Paris and that’s were it escalated. A fatal terrorist attack occurred in Paris. And instead of telling the truth Danni pretended to be a victim. She becomes internet famous when she writes an article explaining “what happened to her.” She attends a support group for mass violence survivors were she meets Rowan Aldren. Roman is a mass shooting survivor who leads an organisation similar to March For our Lives. Rowan is the only “good” role model in the movie. Dani is also in love with a guy. He capes weed and the eventually have sex at a party, so not really appropriate. Eventually a coworker of Danni tells Danni that she knows she lied. Danni then had to tell the truth. She gets fired for her job shamed on the internet and can’t go out on public without being harassed. This is not a great movie, but if you want to teach your older kid a lesson about Cancel Culture, this should do it.

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This satire on superficiality and social media fame is driven by great performances and some sharp commentary. Not Okay is broken into nine "parts," which track the main character's "arc" from nobody to famous (fake) victim to villain. Danni's total cluelessness about what it means to actually be victimized, traumatized, or even "a good person" is framed as "White privilege," but this film is more of a commentary on the zeitgeist of our times. This is also all embodied in the character of Colin, Instagram-famous for an entirely fictional, gangster-like persona ("Colin, you're from Maine," a colleague reminds him, deadpan), but seemingly devoid of any actual principles or convictions.

Despite the satirical tone and bubbly look, there's some very serious commentary about the inability to curb mass shootings, the toxicity of the online world, and how this all impacts the most vulnerable in our society. This is reflected most acutely in the character of Rowan, a fragile young woman who transforms her trauma into art. Isaac is a discovery in this role, giving forceful spoken word performances, including one that ends the film on a solemn note. Deutch is funny as the clueless perpetrator who thinks "tone deaf" is a brand, but the actress captures how she's ultimately a victim too -- someone raised in a virtual reality that prioritizes celebrity over substance, image over action, and clicks over facts.

Movie Details

  • On DVD or streaming: July 29, 2022
  • Cast: Zoey Deutch , Mia Isaac , Negin Farsad
  • Director: Quinn Shephard
  • Inclusion Information: Female directors, Female actors, Female writers
  • Studio: Hulu
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Topics: Activism , Friendship
  • Run time: 103 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: language throughout, drug use and some sexual content
  • Last updated: August 13, 2022

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