Zoey Deutch is the protagonist of Not Okaya Disney+ film that criticizes young people’s obsession with social media and their addiction to the often misleading news they read about it.
Arrives July 29 on Disney+ the film Not Okaywith protagonists Zoey Deutch And Dylan O’Brien. Produced by the Searchlight Pictures division, Not Okay is directed by Quinn Shepherdin her second experience behind the camera but known for her long career as an actress.
Twenty-seven years old, Shepherd took his first steps into the world of cinema at just eleven years old acting in I missed Christmas and was recently cast in Cameron Post’s miseducation.
The plot of the movie
Not Okaythe Disney+ film, follows Danni Sanders (Zoey Deutch), an aspiring writer with no goals, no friends, no romantic prospects and, worst of all, no followers, who fakes an Instagram-friendly trip to Paris in hopes of boosting her its popularity on social media.
When a terrifying accident befalls the City of Lights, Danni unwittingly falls into a lie bigger than she ever imagined. She returns to heroine, forms an unlikely friendship with Rowan (Mia Isaac), a school shooting survivor and society changer, and wins the man of her dreams, Colin (Dylan O’ Brien).
As an influencer and activist, Danni finally has the life and audience she’s always wanted. But it’s only a matter of time before this idyllic picture cracks and Danni discovers the hard way that the Internet loves slating.
The dysphoria of the web
The film Not Okay, on Disney+ from July 29, is a dark comedy about a girl’s misguided attempt to become a social media influencer. Mix of cautionary tale and social satire, Not Okay draws inspiration from the experience that the director herself Quinn Shepherd has had with the web in recent years. “I am struck by the flow of information that populates the web: sensationalist headlines, excesses linked to influencers, cancel cultures and sponsored ads of all kinds that promise miracles are mixed up all the time,” said the director.
“To write Not Okay for me it was a way to unload all the overload of stimuli that we receive every day: it is a satire on this. The characters he tells about are familiar even to those with even a passing knowledge of internet-related scandals. They are all tragic figures, each of which, paradoxically, uses the web in an attempt to cope with a collective trauma that the use of the web itself makes worse and worse”.
“I don’t want to invite people to throw away their smartphones or delete their profiles, God forbid,” concluded the director. “Rather, it’s an invitation to take everything online with a grain of salt. And above all to wonder what stories are being told, how and why”.
How to seek fame on social media
Danni, the protagonist of the Disney+ movie Not Okay, wants to carve out his corner of paradise. There are two ways to become famous on the internet: be yourself or pretend to be someone else. After realizing that his life isn’t so glamorous for the web, Danny decides to do what he thinks is best: invent that he is another person.
“Danni is totally misguided,” the actress commented Zoey Deutsch. “If I had to define her, I would say that she is not fire but smoke. Her real problem is herself. She takes a trip to Paris with the hope of becoming famous on social media and she does everything to be so, even pretending to be the victim of a tragedy. Hers is the most cynical of decisions but it arises from the desperation of being noticed and recognized hers “hers pain”, as she calls it ”.
While Danni begins to juggle the much-sought fame on the internet, the film Not Okay he looks at Colin and Rowan. Both, albeit in different ways, represent two different ways to grab online notoriety.
Danni’s attraction to Colin is largely superficial: it’s just a means to her own notoriety. Despite the ambition, behind Colin there is a deep veil of sadness, since he too does not tell the truth about who he is and lacks an identity of his own.
Rowan, unlike the two, is a raw nerve, all integrity and righteousness. In the aftermath of the tragedy that stole her sister’s life, she uses social media as a tool to share her battles, but ends up in turn being sucked into the vicious circles that Instagram can create. Seeing Danni as a kindred spirit in Rowan, the two soon form a strange bond in which each teaches the other something.
Not Okay: Pictures from the Disney+ movie