Starring: Zoey Deutch, Dylan O’Brien, Mia Isaac, and Nadia Alexander
Director: Quinn Shephard
Not Okay has one of the most unlikeable leads I have ever seen, and that’s what makes it worth watching. Zoey Deutch embodies her character so well that you can’t help but hate her while remaining deeply fascinated. There’s a huge turning point in the movie that makes everything you’ve already seen so much more interesting and meaningful that it saves the film entirely. Its commentary on clout chasing is sometimes too broad for its own good, but it lands pretty smoothly by the end. Ultimately, Not Okay is bold and daring, sometimes to its own detriment, and it's a worthwhile and engaging watch.
Not Okay actually is more than just okay. It’s a dark dramedy satire that feeds on the hunger to be noticed in an age where popularity is measured by the number of likes you get. It’s not the best movie of 2022, but it is definitely one of the most relevant. Director Quinn Shepard clearly knows how to fine tune her actors’ performances, which leads to a vivacious performance from Zoey Deutch. But mostly, let Not Okay be a lesson to you - that what the internet gives you can just as quickly be taken away.