Not Okay is a perfect example of how toxic and screwed up the current influencer culture is. I should be shocked, but I’m not.
Let’s be honest. The influencer culture and trend are not going anywhere. And if the movie may not add much to the discourse, it makes some salient points about online life.
In fact, this brutal satire on superficiality and social media fame is driven by great performances and some sharp commentary. It is a smart satire that gets at something fundamental about how the omnipotence of social media has impacted our values. Plus, it helps to have Zoey Deutch and Mia Isaac as stars. Their performances make this a worthwhile trip.
Director Quinn Shephard demonstrates a deft touch by bringing things full circle in the movie’s rousing although preachy conclusion. Shepard knows how to fine-tune her actors’ performances to just the right level and you can see that in Deutch and O’Brien. You intuitively know and understand who these two characters are.
However, while its performances are strong, the movie is sometimes wobbly in its execution. But it’s not afraid to take big swings, and it’s bold enough to not always chase after the easy Likes. Pun Intended.
Should you watch it?
Not Okay turns out more than okay. It’s a great scrappy vessel of comedic humility and an ensemble of scene-chewing all-stars.