“Disagree” isn’t just okay, it’s *chef’s kiss* – Black Girl Nerds

Not good is the story of Danni Sanders (Zoey Deutsch), a young woman traveling through life one Instagram timeline at a time. She completely immersed herself in the millennial culture, from her neon-colored nail tips to her two-tone hair and extreme wedge flip-flops. Danni is pretty much a walking cliché – and maybe that’s how she likes him.

Snaps have goals and ambitions, two things Danni understands she probably should have, but would much rather trade for the ultimate pedestal of notoriety. Danni wants to be famous. She wants to be trendy and she wants to do it on her terms. She strives to be socially conscious, but she can’t stop staring at her navel to get out of her own way.

She works at a cultural website // a wealth of content called Depravity as a photo editor by day and an aspiring writer by day. She’s not very good at her job. When we open the show, Danni goes over his latest track with his boss Susan (played by the fantastic Negin Farsad). This is a play where Danni laments that she missed 9/11 because she was on a cruise with her parents. She didn’t even know anyone who died!

Sure, Susan fires her, but it’s clear that Danni thinks Susan is just a hater and she ignores him. It’s his inability to feel shame along with his tenacity and innate desire to be something more and also his extreme crush on the human trash bag that is weed boi Colin (Dylan O’Brien) that make Danni a terrible person. She is not well. She reminds us of the worst part of ourselves, and maybe that’s why despite all her flaws, she’s relatable and earns our sympathy.

Not good is Quinn Shepard’s second film, following her debut Blame. Where Blame exposed the psychology of girls, sexuality and jealousy, Not good goes a step further and explores these themes while adding the idea of ​​exhibition. Danni longs to live her life online, apparently because she doesn’t have a real one, but if she can look like her, that’ll be enough. She is not beaten down by her ambition but rather by her greed. She is the epitome of “no one ever gives me anything, so I won’t deny myself anything.”

It’s an interesting concept. Danni’s relatability is entirely based on how terrible we think we are. Even before getting to the heart of Danni’s film faking a trip to Paris and pretending to be the victim of a terrorist attack, Danni never fears his true colors. She’s terrible, yes, but she’s bold, she’s resourceful, and she makes fraud look good. These are things to admire. You know that if she can just be pointed in the right direction, she could actually be a productive member of society. The problem is that she will never go in that direction. But it’s a general hope for humanity that prohibits some members of the public from giving it up altogether.

While I thoroughly enjoyed the first half, I was prepared to write it as a smart comedy. I moved in. Then Rowan (Mia Isaac) appeared on screen and the film transformed. It was as if I had tripped and slipped in a thoughtful satire of the horror of the zeitgeist. The change in tone was so subtle, but that’s what made it so impactful. When you see Danni through Rowan’s eyes, you don’t see a girl just trying to get by. You see a woman who is too ambitious and too stubborn to quit when she is in over her head. Slowly, the focus of the film ceases to be Danni and becomes Mia, and the film becomes better for it.

Technically speaking, the film also excels. Shephard has a smart eye and you can quickly see her making her mark that will define her movies as “Quinn Shephard” movies. It makes good use of the New York landscape and does a great job of exploring class dynamics in an accessible way. The cast is stellar in every way. In addition to Deutsch and O’Brien, Karan Soni, Embeth Davidtz and his now-fiancée Nadia Alexander, among other notable actors, complete them. Shephard has also employed some lovable influencers to play a role, including one-man press machine Reece Feldman.

Stacey Yvonne
Stacey Yvonne is an entertainment journalist who can often be found in a corner of the internet pontificating about pop culture and its effects on women, Blackfolk, and the LGBT+ community. You can see more of his work at https://syvonnecreative.com

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