‘Dude’: Netflix Is Killing It

By Anthony Peyton, Edited by Julia Wilson

Netflix has returned with Dude, a movie about drugs, prom, high school, death, and everything else involving the teen lifestyle. Don’t be afraid though! This movie is far from stereotypical. It’s a completely unique blend of acting and a story worth paying attention to.

Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars, Truth or Dare) stars as Lily, the Student Council President who is just trying to get through her life with her three best friends, Chloe (Kathryn Prescott, Finding Carter), Amelia (Alexandra Shipp, Love, Simon), and Rebecca (Awkwafina, Ocean’s 8). On top of that, she finds the rest of life’s pleasures in prom planning and PCP.

Hale is not new to the four best friends whole shebang as she became very experienced in Pretty Little Liars. Even being a huge fan of that show myself, I confidently believe that she plays the best friend role at her best in Dude.

Along that, she gets to stand aside such outstanding actresses who all know what they are doing. Seeing Shipp play such a badass teen character (which is nothing new, she did the same thing in Love, Simon) was so much fun and just added to the performances of everyone else. Prescott and Awkwafina also did this well, providing to the environment and story as a whole.

Aside from that, shoutout to Alex Wolff who gave an incredibly good performance as Hale’s almost counterpart, Noah.

The acting was obviously one of my favorite parts of this movie, but it wasn’t the only good thing.

The preppy school girl with her friends taking several types of extreme drugs was another interesting plot point to look at. The girls made their way through tons of PCP and several Donkey Bongs full of weed. Not every class president you see in a movie is going to be that wild, so it’s important to give movies like these a chance. Several of the characters in the movie were dealing with the death of another character at the beginning of the movie, and it gives an underlying tone to the message at the end of the movie.

Regardless, all of that returns to the cliché high school movie where everyone has to decide what they want to do after high school. What college to go to, what boys to go off to college with, but most of all; who are your true friends?
Dude was my favorite Netflix movie of the year so far. There’s tons of lessons that you can pick and choose, whether it’s about what you want to do after high school or just how many drugs you should – or should not – do by the time of your senior prom.

My Rating: 92%

Acting: 3.8/4

Cinematography: 3.4/4

Story: 3.7/4

Enjoyability: 3.8/4


‘Truth or Dare’ Me To Never Watch This Movie Again

By Anthony Peyton, Edited by Julia Wilson

Maybe you remember sitting with your group of friends in seventh grade in your parent’s basement and getting dared to ding-dong-ditch your neighbor. That’s how most people see the classic game of truth or dare. Director and writer Jessica Cameron sees it differently. In her unique (is that the right word for it?) take, she sees truth or dare as a game involving murder, suicide, and exaggerated smiles.

If you take the most overdramatized version of truth or dare, somehow manage to incorporate YouTube, cheating, and justifiable murder, then you probably still haven’t described this movie in its entirety.

It follows Olivia (Pretty Little Liars’ Lucy Hale), Markie (Violett Beane), Lucas (Teen Wolf’s Tyler Posey), and three other friends who take a spring break trip to Mexico (original, right?) and go to a party. At that party they meet Carter (Landon Liboiron), who takes them to a church miles away just to play a game of truth or dare. I wish I was joking but I’m not.

Anyways, this innocent game of truth or dare ‘follows’ them home and starts to play them. This results in lots of death, lots of realizations, and lots of destroyed friendships.

To be honest, the story that didn’t even have an initial appeal never got better.

I wish it could be saved by its acting and cinematography, but it can’t even do that. In a montage towards the end of the movie, there is a shot of two kids in front of the Eiffel Tower – because there is obviously no other way to show that somebody is in France – where you can legitimately see the outline of the two kids in front of a green screen.

Sometimes I wonder if editors even rewatch the movie all the way through and just think, “screw it, I’m done” and give up.

The acting was, by definition, horrendous. You may think that experienced television actors like Lucy Hale and Tyler Posey might hold up some standard, but they don’t. I found myself telling myself for days after seeing Truth or Dare, “at least they tried!”

Ultimately, this movie was completely unenjoyable. I really don’t think that anybody in the cast and crew really cared about this movie being good. They just wanted to vomit out what they had onto the big screen, no matter how gross it was. Maybe the crew didn’t even notice the cop-out ending, lack of interesting acting, cropped people standing in front of green screens, and a crap story that lost itself at the beginning and never found itself again. Regardless, it happened. It was a tragedy, but it happened.

My Rating: 36%

Acting: 1.4/4

Cinematography: 1.2/4

Story: 1.7/4

Enjoyability: 1.4/4