Hey Netflix, stop trying to make Addison Rae a movie star
In the most recent episode of HBO Max The two others, the aspiring actor Cary Dubek (Drew Tarver) tries to persuade the agents to hire him in an artistic agency, only to be told that they strictly represent “multi-hyphens” (actors who can write, singers who can play, etc.). While his brother, Chase (Case Walker) has made a name for himself as a sensation on YouTube and his sister Brooke (Heléne Yorke) makes money managing his talk show host mother, Pat (Molly Shannon). ), Cary is dead on acting, and struggles to write a screenplay that will get him into an agency.
This plotline is eerily relevant as social media influencers increasingly attempt to switch to mainstream entertainment media, questioning whether it’s fair for the creators (and more importantly, the audience) to make them. force them to do something that is just not intended for them.
Many of us millennials cringed last year when Netflix announced a Gen Z-marketed remake of ’90s high school comedy. She is all that, oh-so-cleverly titled He is all that. We cringed even more when social media influencer and non-actress Addison Rae was announced to star. To amplify the pullback factor, a COVID-19 testing site in Los Angeles reportedly planned to close in order to shoot the film.
Unsurprisingly, the film, released last month, was criticized by critics, but still managed to reach number one on Netflix, and despite Rae’s abysmal and monotonous play, the Principal Lady signed a multi-player deal. images with the streaming giant. Really, Netflix, stop trying to make Addison Rae a movie star.
In similar news, the recent Amazon Prime Video adaptation of Cinderella has garnered over a million views, despite mostly negative reviews. And while we’d hardly call what pop star Camila Cabello does “acting” as a leader, her resume has four Billboard Hot 100, in the top 10. Cabello obviously knows how to cook up a hit, but are his radio skills showing up on screen?
In all honesty, I watched the entirety of He is all that while I was drunk on Trader Joe’s wine, and didn’t give that Cinderella adaptation a second of my time (how many more versions of this story do we need?). My only taste of the film came via clips on Twitter, which I saw against my will, most of which made fun of the film.
Sure, watching hate can be a good laugh, but is the secondary embarrassment and vicarious grin worth seeing the movie reach number one, subjecting us to more “movie” deals? multi-images with influencers – which would be better summarized in short TikTok videos?
We’re all guilty of watching hate, whether it’s because we need a good laugh, or because we want to see if we’re wrong about whether or not a movie will be a train wreck. But if anything, we should plan to watch the hate for at least a week or two after the premiere, so streamers don’t factor the Week 1 numbers into their decision to renew.
Yes, it’s easy to counter that point by saying, “Well, if you don’t want to see [x actress], so don’t watch it ”, but for nostalgic millennials who love She is all that and are curious about a remake, I can assure you we’ll be watching it sooner or later.
If millennials killed the diamond industry, then Gen Z is easily destroying the art of filmmaking.
If millennials have killed the diamond industry, then Gen Z is easily destroying the art of acting.
In the beginning, if you were a teenager on a hit TV show or movie, you had to dive into music, and vice versa. The only difference between then and now is the fact that the material was actually good. Gen Z don’t seem to have Hillary Duffs, Mandy Moores, or, shit, even Lindsay Lohans. That’s not to say that Addison Rae isn’t good at TikTokking… or whatever she does. It just means we should allow the Addison Raes, Charli D’Amelios, and Bella Poarches of the world to stick with what they’re good at.
If Rae and Cabello were (God willing) never to star in another movie or show again, their careers would be fine and they would still be invited to the VMAs or the Met Gala or whatever matters. On our side, we will have the well-chosen remakes that we deserve. Rachael Leigh Cook, in particular, deserved better than playing Rae’s mom on He is all that. She also deserves a better agent.
As we are in this era of inevitable remakes, reboots and recreations, let’s embrace the actors of our time who can play, the singers who can sing, and the influencers who can influence – because, like it or not, TikTokkers and other social media influencers are going to do what they do. But for goodness sake, let’s stop trying to make everyone a multi-hyphen.