A film that is almost universally panned (shows how little critics know about the art of filmmaking and storytelling, in general)… I find this film brilliant!
It’s heartbreaking and utterly depressing (especially seeing where we currently are, with technology/social media/smartphones/internet, etc, which is truly sucking the life out of each and every human’s life).
The film ultimately tells a depressing story of how poorly humans tend to interact, when social media and the internet is involved. Some of the characters in the film can communicate well with others (such as Kaitlyn Dever as Brandy), and understand there is life outside of the social media hell we are trapped in, and on the other hand, most of the characters (namely Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Jennifer Garner’s) can’t communicate well with others, and represent a lot of us in the real world. Oftentimes, it is our actions which lead us into drama and hopeless or anger-driven situations.
Do yourself a favor, and watch this film with an extremely open mind and heart. If you do, it will teach you things you may not have been ready to deal with, or things you may never be.
Based on the novel by Chad Kultgen, and co-directed by Jason Reitman and Eric Cressida Wilson.