A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Dark comedy satirizes the egotism and narcissism of social media influencers, and how their words of support for progressive causes don't always match their actions. Sexism and the patriarchy also satirized.
Positive Role Models
No positive role models. Abbie is a self obsessed social media influencer who signs a contract to promote a cosmetics company with questionable ethics in her videos, and is soon taken hostage by Millennial terrorists who strongly disapprove of her decision, but also have come up with an elaborate scheme to profit by causing the company's stock market value to plummet.
Movie has a strong feminist perspective, and the lead characters are strong women who have worked hard to get where they are in their careers or criminal schemes, and while the lines between "good" and "bad" are blurred, they're all trying to operate in a male-dominated society that has treated them poorly in their personal and professional lives.
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Violence & Scariness
Lead character is taken hostage in her home, tied up, and forced to make videos against her will, blackmailed with threats of posting unflattering photos of her on her social media pages. Punches thrown. Lead character's male friend comes over to her house and makes unwanted sexual advances. Newspaper clipping and talk of how one of the hostage takers suffered sexual misconduct in the workplace, and none of the perpetrators were prosecuted for it. Man thrown out of moving vehicle.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Man trying to have sex with lead character is found to be in possession of sex toys and condoms. Talk of "hooking up."
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Profanity often used. "F--k" frequently used. Also: "motherf--ker" used twice, "bulls--t," "s--t," "s--t ton," "p---y," "a--hole," "d--k," "bomb-ass," "goddamn," "bitch."
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Products & Purchases
Movie satirizes, among other things, social media, social media influencers, and how large companies are now spending large sums of money for social media influencers to promote the company's products to the influencers' millions of followers.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cocaine use. Shot drinking in a bar. Headline in newspaper clipping talks of how a "Florida Man" (one of the terrorists who take the lead character hostage) got his whole town high on crystal meth.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Influencer is a 2021 dark comedy in which a social media celebrity is taken hostage after agreeing to endorse makeup produced by an unscrupulous corporation. While tied up and taken hostage and forced to post unflattering pictures of herself, the lead character's sketchy male friend knocks on her door, making demands to enter so they can have sex, and not taking no for an answer. When he's also eventually taken prisoner, it's revealed that he brought with him sex toys and condoms. Headline talks of sexual misconduct in the workplace where one of the characters worked, and how those who perpetrated the acts faced no real consequences for their actions. Cocaine use. Frequent profanity, including "f--k" and "motherf--ker." Headline talks of how a "Florida Man" (one of the main characters) got his entire town high on crystal meth. Shot and booze drinking in a bar. Overall, it's a dark satire that offers a feminist take on the toxic culture of social media and the companies who pay the influencers to influence their followers. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a dark satire that never quite lands as it careens back and forth between comedy and social commentary. Most of the attempts at humor fall flat, no matter whether it's going for the deeper messages that satire is supposed to convey through humor, or obvious worn-out jokes about "Florida Man" or coked-out idiot men obsessed with casual sex. It doesn't really say anything most people haven't already figured out about the vapid culture of questionable celebrity that surrounds social media influencers, the chasm between one's social media persona and who they are "IRL," and how online political activism like wearing a shirt that says "Feminist" is the laziest form of protest that exists today. All of this can and should be satirized, but with the way it's presented in this movie, there's nothing new.
The characters themselves are inconsistent, obvious, and obnoxious. The lead character, Abbie, weaves back and forth between vapid hypocritical internet princess and savvy feminist Millennial who posts popular video content because, apparently, it's the only real way to afford Life in Los Angeles. The activists who take her hostage are, for the most part, equally all over the place. It's like the characters are speaking preachy messages rather than dialogue that could also, in skilled hands, communicate the messages. Everything and everyone is satirized, and as a result, nothing is effectively satirized. It's a lot of time and effort to say nothing new, and even the money scam the activists are ultimately trying to pull seems like something as ludicrous as what was tried in Superman III and Office Space.
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