Not Okay Is More Than Okay

The Stream: The main character is very obnoxious, but that’s kind of the point.

The Big Screen: Funny and interesting premise that skewers social media culture.

The Final Bill: A thought-provoking comedy that has good social commentary despite its annoying characters.

– Trip Fontaine
Director: Quinn Shephard
Writers: Quinn Shephard
Stars: Zoey Deutch, Mia Isaac, Dylan O’Brien
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Rating: R for language throughout, drug use and some sexual content
Runtime: 1 hour 40 minutes
Production Companies: Makeready, Searchlight Pictures
Platform: Hulu

What’s up, Streamers! I’m keep providing non-horror movie options for those scaredy cats out there like me. It seems like they are few and far between, but October breeds a glut of just gore, monsters and jumps scares, oh my! I get it. People want to be in the mood of Halloween season. I’m going to pass and find some lighter fare, which means looking into the streaming archives. Apparently, earlier this year, I missed the premiere of this satire, Not Okay, on Hulu. Here whether it is, in fact, not okay.

Well, the title of this gives it away. Yes, I think Not Okay is more than okay. Actually, it’s quite good. It is a simple, but interesting premise. In the first scenes, we find out that Danni Sanders (Zoey Deutch), who was once an internet sensation, is now a worldwide pariah. The remainder of the movie explains how Danni’s internet stardom soured. The movie really explores what happens when the life you create online collides with the real world.

Not Okay is funny and clever. It asks really interesting questions about the nature of social media and about the phenomenon of FOMO. Danni is such an annoying and obnoxious character that it is hard to sympathize with her – if we are even supposed to do that. Zoey Deutch does a great job of portraying Danni’s narcissism, but she always keeps it kind of light and almost endearing. Danni does some unforgiveable things and the movie holds her accountable. It is fun to see whether Danni will get any comeuppance or forgiveness.

Side note: there is some pretty lame slam poetry throughout. Ugh!

S2S: Official Rating Scale

Ultimately, Not Okay is a nice distraction from all of those horror movies. It is funny and clever with a good central performance by Zoey Deutch. It makes you reconsider your own online presence and how it reflects the real world. Plus, it’s a quick thought-provoking movie. Get big box a popcorn and be okay with being not okay.