You Get Me – Review

Genre Thriller
Directed by Brent Bonacorso
Starring Bella Thorne, Halston Sage, Taylor John Smith, Anna Akana, Nash Grier
Released on June 19, 2017 (LA Film Festival), June 23, 2017
Duration 89 minutes
Flixxpanda Rating 5/10
Channel Netflix

You Get Me is one of those movies that isn’t bad, it just lacks imagination and any sort of plot twist. The psychopath one-night stand plot line has already been explored and without any jump scares or creative hooks, the movie falls kind of flat in terms of entertainment.

Granted, You Get Me has a bigger budget and a more star-studded cast than most films of the same genre, but it under-utilizes it to the point where it’s just sad. There’s nothing out of the ordinary to make the movie a hit. I’m sure teens still enjoyed it and Bella Thorne does carry most of the movie, it’s just not realizing her full potential.

You Get Me revolves around high school students who are pretty laid back with parents who are just background figures and don’t actively check into their children’s lives. Charmingly handsome Tyler Hanson (Taylor John Smith) is in a (semi?) committed relationship with his girlfriend, the stunning Alison Hewitt (Halston Sage). At and end of the summer party, when Alison’s ex-boyfriend hints at her sexually active past, it hurts Tyler’s fragile male ego and he storms off. This is where he meets Holly (Bella Thorne), she takes advantage of his clearly vulnerable state, picks him up in her car and takes him home.

The two spend, what Tyler calls a ‘special’ weekend together. Well it was evidently not ‘special’ enough and after being in another woman’s arms, he realizes he still loves Alison and the two reconcile things. Easy. Except the part where Holly is a psychopath and will stop at nothing to get Tyler back.

She joins the same school as him, integrates herself into his social circles and proceeds to creep him out as much as possible. As she spirals and eventually kidnaps his girlfriend and kills one of her friends, suffocating her with a plastic bag, things finally become interesting.

Eventually Tyler rescues Alison who stabs Holly and yay! The star couple is back together. Holly develops an obsession with the paramedic who loads her into an ambulance and the credits roll. Promptly after which you forget the movie and move onto more productive things.

You Get Me would have been much more interesting if say, Holly turned out to be pregnant or if one of the sidekicks turned out to be a psychopath as well, maybe if Alison or Tyler retaliated by their own ridiculous schemes, raking up and impressive body count or a game of serial killer chess. But none of that happens, obviously. You Get Me plays it as tame as possible which is why it fails to carve out a niche for itself and just stays extremely ordinary. It just doesn’t draw you in.

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