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The movie “Not Okay” portrays everything that is not okay with today’s generation

Quinn Shephard wrote and directed the 2022 American satirical dark comedy-drama film Not Okay. It features Zoey Deutch as a young lady who badly wants to be renowned and adored on the Internet, only for her efforts to result in her being wrongly recognized as a survivor of a catastrophe. Mia Isaac, Nadia Alexander, Embeth Davidtz, Karan Soni, and Dylan O’Brien are also featured.


Not Okay was launched on Hulu by Searchlight Pictures on July 29, 2022. It earned mostly favorable reviews from reviewers. The “unlikeable protagonist” is positioned appropriately in the gloomy social media parody. Seeing Not Okay, the second film by Quinn Shephard, which debuted over the weekend on Hulu, is akin to watching a train wreck: an irrefutable calamity that is difficult to turn away from.


The film begins with a content warning concerning “flashing lights, traumatic themes, and an unlikeable female heroine” – the last of which was inserted with a wink by the filmmaker. But it’s accurate: The main character, Danni Sanders (Zoey Deutch), is so repulsive that it is tough to watch her as she fakes having survived a terrorist attack in Paris to get fame and social media influence. She has almost no redeeming traits. After the film, Danni’s utter lack of a redemption journey felt justified and rewarding.

The movie "Not Okay" portrays everything that is not okay with today's generation


Recent reviews of the dark satirical drama have highlighted its keen understanding of the toxicity of social media, the perils of the ever-expanding attention economy, and influencer culture in general. Danni floods her Instagram feed with Photoshopped images of her time at an imaginary Parisian writer’s retreat, transforming her mediocre life into a social media sensation overnight, à la Emily in Paris, to swap her unfulfilling job as a photo editor for a writing position at the magazine Depravity and to attract the attention of her crush and coworker, weed influencer Colin (Dylan O’Brien). Danni accidentally shares a selfie of herself in front of the Arc de Triomphe only minutes before the blast from the safety of her flat in Bushwick as a series of bombs devastate Paris.


Rather than an unquenchable need to be “seen” or “known” by the outside world, Danni’s compulsive pursuit of attention is an effort to rectify a self-perceived societal injustice: Danni’s lack of attention from her workplace, males, and nonexistent social media following is inconsistent with her expectation to be loved, protected, and even worshipped as a thin, wealthy, conventionally pretty white female. Danni feels she should be praised for just existing, even though she has no friends and receives little attention. And she rapidly discovers that any danger to the purity of a white woman, whether actual or imagined, is a simple, foolproof technique to catch the attention of society.


Even though Danni is a caricature of a problematic, attention-seeking white woman and that the film is satire, the film takes influence from a few genuine women. Tania Head, a pre-social media pioneer, infamously lied about having survived the 9/11 attacks when she wasn’t even in the country when the Twin Towers fell. Head garnered social capital from her fabricated misfortunes for several years, even becoming a prominent member of Gerry Bogacz’s World Trade Center Survivors’ Network.

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