Movie Review: You Get Me (2017)

Synopsis: When 17-year-old Tyler gets in a fight with his girlfriend, Alison, while at a party and, believing they broke up, sleeps with Holly, a girl he met while standing in line for the bathroom. Realizing he and Alison still love each other, he feels guilty about his infidelity and tries to leave his mistake in the past. However, when an obsessed Holly transfers to his school, she makes it clear she has no intention of letting him do that.

Who's in it? The movie stars Bella Thorne, Halston Sage, Taylor John Smith, Anna Akana and Nash Grier.

Review: I saw this movie on Netflix a couple days ago and, thinking it looked somewhat interesting, added it to my list. Since our evening plans were ruined by bad weather, my wife and I ended up watching it last night.

Even though I thought the movie sounded interesting, I did have some doubts about it when we started watching it last night. This is because, from the description, I wasn't sure if it was going to be a real thriller or if it would wind up being a soft core porn film. As it turns out, it fell into the former category and was actually a halfway decent film.

Bella Thorne was awesome as Holly. In fact, she played the character as perfectly as anyone could, making her seem perfectly normal at first (the kind of girl any high school boy would want to be with) before gradually revealing her true colors. In fact, for a while, I wasn't really sure if Holly was truly insane or just felt extremely hurt by Tyler (Smith), which is exactly why she was so entertaining.

Another thing I liked about this movie was the way Holly was so unpredictable. When she became best friends with Alison (Sage), I didn't know if she would really be best friends or would find ways to hurt the other girl. And, given her otherwise pleasant demeanor when around other people, her more violent actions almost seemed out of character for her. As a result, even though the movie itself felt a little predictable at times, she still managed to keep things interesting.

One of my only complaints about this movie is the actors, especially Smith, do seem a little on the old side and aren't very believable as teenagers. As a result I think the movie would have been a little better had they been characters who were closer to their real ages, especially since their parents, teachers, etc. had no real role in the film. Either that, or they should have used real teenagers.

Final Opinion: Other than finding it hard to believe Tyler and friends were only 17, I thought this was a halfway decent thriller that avoided being too predictable and had an antagonist that was fun to watch. It's worth taking the time to see it if you have an opportunity to do so.

My Grade: A


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