I Am Not Okay With This
IMDb rating: 8.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 86%
Being a teenager is tough enough on its own, especially when you’re 17-year-old Sydney – you’re quiet, you know you’re average, nothing special, while your best friend is stunning, and dating the most popular boy in school.
Now imagine being Sydney, but with newly emerging and terrifying superpowers that you cannot even begin to understand. Sound familiar? (Marvel’s Runaways, anyone?) This story may not be new, but this series plays it with charm and witty dialogue. And with only seven episodes of 20 minutes each, this first season is also extremely binge-watchable and compact.
Sophia Lillis plays Sydney and Wyatt Oleff plays her quirky neighbour Stanley – you’ll recognise both of them from IT (2017). Sofia Bryant, who has appeared in Blue Bloods and The Good Wife, plays Sydney’s best friend Dina. For us, Lillis was most recognisable from her role as young Camille in HBO’s Sharp Objects.
The New York Times praises the actors’ performances: “Lillis and Oleff are the two wires that give [the show] its spark and tingle. Sydney may shop at the same vintage store as decades of alienated teens before her, but Lillis distinctively embodies her balled-up nerves and rubbed-raw discomfort in her own skin — when she says, “Sometimes I feel like I’m boiling inside,” the burn is palpable. And Oleff plays a familiar geek-neighbor species (Homo Briankrakowus) with a laid-back egolessness that pushes straight through nerdery into cool.”
And the Guardian offers a small spoiler (don’t worry – merely watching the trailer would provide this info): “It soon becomes clear that Syd’s new supernatural powers might be fuelled not by grief but by the raging horn for her best friend, Dina.”