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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Strong star performance in violent social media satire.

Movie NR 2020 93 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 15+

Very creative and fun

Honestly a genius film. Despite having such a dark and morbid concept, the producers and cast managed to execute the comedy aspect so well. It was so fun to sit and watch, it felt real and had realistic portrayals of social media and its users. I found myself watching intently, waiting to see where Kurt would end up next, who he was going to kill and who he wasn't, it was just so engaging for me. Joe Keery was the perfect actor for a role like this. Kurt has this weird innocence to him despite being utterly crazy, and Keery pulled it off perfectly. At times I wasn't sure if I felt bad for Kurt, or if I was scared of how crazy he is, and still, even after watching the film, I can't decide. He's a likeable character which makes it interesting to see him go on a murderous rampage, because it inclines you to dislike him and his actions, yet I personally couldn't. I also loved how they merged comedy into horror, and they did it so well. Usually, when you see comedy in a horror film, it's horribly cringe-worthy "jokes" made at stupid times, which are forced and have no relevance other than an attempt at a comedic touch. However, the comedy in this film came naturally. It wasn't forced or unnecessary, it was the characters and their personalities, the way they interacted and the way they were all embodied stereotypes made as mockery, and I personally find it really enjoyable and funny to watch.
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age 12+

Is It Any Good?

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While its themes are nothing new, this demented, envelope-pushing satire somehow balances its sadistic violence with smart humor and Keery's lovable, lunatic puppy dog performance. Like so many movies before it, Spree attempts to skewer obsessions with online fame, continually readjusting where the line is crossed and for whom. Its ultimate conclusion -- that we're obsessed with social media and that it's almost impossible to quit -- isn't new, but the road to get there is certainly fascinatingly teasing. That said, plenty of viewers are also likely to find many of the movie's scenes offensive.

Spree is presented through a combination of surveillance footage and footage shot on phones, as well as livestreams, complete with a never-ending scroll of emojis and comments. Director Eugene Kotlyarenko uses these for maximum creepiness, employing split-screens that offer two different perspectives at once. Zamata is perfectly cast and does great work, but the key to the movie is Keery. As he did as Steve on Stranger Things, he finds a link between extremes. In the midst of Kurt's good-natured, happy-go-lucky attitude and his deep psychopathy, there's a deep loneliness and neediness that Keery beautifully draws on. It's very difficult to create such a brutal character that we can also feel sorry for.

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