Director: Brent Bonacorso
Writer: Ben Epstein
Starring: Taylor John Smith, Bella Thorne, Halston Sage, Nash Grier, Anna Akana, and more.
Requested Review from Abby McNatt!
Miss Abby has requested “You Get Me”, a Netflix original for me after she enjoyed what she saw. My early expectations were 50/50 with a young and inexperienced cast and also with it being a Netflix original because they seem to be hit and miss as of late. I trust her instinct though, so I welcomed such a request in hopes that my skepticism will be worthless. Now with not much else to go on for my intro to this review, let us being with the Oberrating of “You Get Me”!
“Tyler’s crazy in love with his perfect girlfriend Ali, but when a big fight makes him and Ali break up, he lands in the arms of Holly, an out-of-towner who shows him a night he’s gonna remember. The next morning he finds that not only is Ali taking him back, but Holly has transferred to their school and will do anything to reclaim her new man.”
“You Get Me” had me mostly on the fence for the duration of the film. First, we will shoot straight into the positives. Bella Thorne’s performance is easily the star takeaway for this film. Bella plays Holly, the second love interest for Tyler after he is “dumped” by his girlfriend. After Holly is thrown away by Tyler, she goes on a warpath to ruin Tyler’s life. Holly also has a history of being a bit on the crazy side as her past is explored. As Bella plays this crazy revenge-inspired character, her acting ability shines as the villain of this film. She is sadistic, intense, and unhinged. She is easily the best aspect of this film and her performance should be a strong reason for future casting choices.
The next reason why I actually appreciated this film and also the reason why my rating was anywhere near where it is was the main character, Tyler, getting every single thing he deserved during this film. I have a problem with movies that do not follow logical decisions and “You Get Me” is a basic teen drama thriller so obviously, we are going to have some teenage decision-making happening. Tyler overreacts to a situation early on in the movie which starts him on his way to having his weekend getaway with Holly. After having a magical and special weekend with Holly, he returns back to his girlfriend, who takes him back (after neither one of them definitively dumped one another) and he does not tell her about his special night with Holly. So basically at about the 20 minute mark, all sorts of genius decisions are made in order to create the plot of this film, mostly stemming from the douche-baggery and high intelligence of lead character, Tyler. Tyler deserved nearly every torturous moment Holly delivered to him, besides when she starts to physically harm individuals around him. That kind of righteous revenge for being a moron is always a pleasure to watch in film.
So now on the flip side of the coin, the same thing I said was awesome to watch in regards to Tyler getting what he deserved, is also the core reason why this film lost points for me. The decisions made are absolute teenage dumb choices to fit the teenage drama thriller that the film is. Abby and I even pointed it out during our joint watch as I brought this up and we both said, “well there wouldn’t be a movie if that happened”. Maybe that would have been better off if that is what a movie needs in order to further its own plot, sheer stupidity.
Lastly, films tend to have a large cast or a small cast work to carry its plot. Sometimes a small cast works like “Ex Machina” and “Unsane” (just quick films off the top of my head) and sometimes a film needs a larger cast. “You Get Me” seemed like a film with three too many characters. The core three are Holly, Ali, and Tyler yet there are a few other characters whose purpose makes it seem like they are important yet they hardly get any screen time. It is a tad unfortunate cause it seemed like the two other “primary” characters Gil and Lydia (Nash Grier and Anna Akana) had promise to their small moments.
“You Get Me” is simply a for fun watch on Netflix. It is right where it needs to be within the Netflix archives for your pleasure whenever you’re bored and needing something to kill time. Among other choices, it is definitely not one to overlook. The performance of Bella Thorne is reason enough to watch this film as well as watching a teenage douchebag get what he deserves.