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By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

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Documentary promotes YouTube stars' non-glam life.

Movie NR 2013 79 minutes
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Please Subscribe, produced and directed by Dan Dobi, is a good idea, if not one that makes for a groundbreaking film. YouTube has become a global phenomenon, and Dobi is right to describe it as an entirely new form of media with growing influence. And the eight interviewees -- breakout YouTube celebrities with legions of fans who subscribe to their online "channels" -- have indisputably become Internet stars.

But their stories about how they stumbled into this unusual career have a lot in common: Typically, they post a video for a friend or three and are surprised to learn that many more people are watching. So they make another video, and another, and suddenly they've become YouTube sensations. Daily Grace, MysteryGuitarMan, SeaNanners, Mitchell Davis, and others explain their newfound careers and show how they make their videos -- often by simply being likeable, everyday folks. It's an interesting behind-the-scenes look at a lifestyle that (surprisingly) isn't always that interesting.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: February 5, 2013
  • On DVD or streaming: January 14, 2014
  • Director: Dan Dobi
  • Studio: Dobi Media LLC
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Run time: 79 minutes
  • MPAA rating: NR
  • Last updated: December 7, 2022

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