One day. One day I will find a delightful movie while browsing Netflix at random. Today is not that day. You Get Me may very well be the worst movie that we have watched for this blog. And we watched this movie. You Get Me had a decent concept. Not original, but still good. The milieu was right. I even liked the modernization of the story and the use of teenagers rather than adults. But none of this ever came together to make an effective, coherent film. Given the history of such Netflix originals as Seven Deadly Sins, Daredevil, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, I had high hopes. But those quickly disappeared once I started watching the movie. I now see that all of those were TV shows, so perhaps I should have known better..
At this point, I usually say something good about the movie, regardless of how bad it may have been. This time, I’ve got nothing. The ONLY good thing I can pick out of this film was Tyler’s relationship with his little sister. That couple minutes of Tyler and Tiffany walking down the sidewalk was the best part of the movie. Tyler instantly became a sympathetic character. I was looking forward to more interactions between these two. However, we get none. The next time we see Tiffany, Holly is with her in the kitchen. And we never see her again until the conclusion. I say that Tiffany could have had two great uses throughout the film. First, make Tyler a better character through their fun relationship. At one point, he even says that all they have is each other. However, we only ever see that one interaction. Second, Tiffany could have provided the greatest sense of suspense in a movie that I was hoping would be a suspense thriller. The kitchen scene with Tiffany and Holly isn’t scary at all. It was predictable that Holly would encounter Tiffany at some point in the film. To make it worthwhile, the encounter itself either had to be unpredictable or suspenseful, better if both. The one we were given was neither. Sure, Holly’s proximity to Tiffany was uncomfortable, but we had no reason to believe she would do anything to Tiffany. Up to that point, we had never seen Holly be violent. It just was not believable that Tiffany was ever in any sort of danger. Again, Tiffany and Tyler’s relationship was good, but it was painfully underused.
Along the same lines, I liked the narrative tone the movie had at the beginning. Having Tyler narrate the beginning of the movie felt good. But then it just stopped. Inexplicably. Which puts it as another negative. What is even weirder is that it continues about three minutes passed the beginning of the film to one solitary voiceover, then only comes back for the ending. He says one single phrase as a narrator when he and Ali are ordering smoothies that contradicted what he actually said in the scene. It was a nice juxtaposition. For reference, the show Dexter does this very well. But, again, it never extends passed this first part. No narration when the scenes are blurry and jumpy when he takes drugs. No narration expressing his feelings as he struggled through this odd situation. This was something that could have been good but was never used properly.
Finally, for a movie that is supposed to be a thriller, I never felt particularly thrilled. I have talked about the three types of terror before. I don’t see any in this film. There was a great opportunity to provide extreme suspense using Tiffany, but this was never employed. Instead, the film relied almost entirely on jump scares. Even these were reliant upon weird camera angles and suspenseful music. As we approached the ending of the movie, once I knew Tiffany was safe, I didn’t much care what happened to the rest of the cast. Holly suffocated her mother, and it had no affect on me. Tyler’s bland reaction to the discovery didn’t help, either. As Holly was holding the gun up to Tyler and Ali, I thought, “Huh, I kinda hope she doesn’t kill Ali. That would be sad, I guess.” But this stemmed more from my sense of justice and Ali’s innocence in the matter more than any connection I had with the character. As I’ve said, I don’t like to make comparisons where comparisons are not elicited, but this story follows a similar pattern to Fatal Attraction. Unfortunately, You Get Me never lives up to this popular title. I believe an entire genre could (maybe even should) be created using modern tellings of classic stories, but this is no example of how it should be done.
This week’s film was likely our worst; I owe you one. Next week, we will do better.
My name is Chuck, and these are my thoughts. Now I would like to know what you think. Did you find this film to be any better than I did? Were there any aspects of the movie that you found redeemable? Do you think there should be more modern retellings of classic plot lines? Leave a comment down below, and we’ll talk. Enjoy the day!