#Like

For women everywhere seems to be a place of danger in today’s world. Including online. There are predators around every corner. Social media seems to be a hunting ground for them. They know that young people go there in large numbers. Director/screenwriter Sarah Pirozek’s (Free Tibet) film deals with that very subject and then takes it further to the next step.

Woodstock teen Amelia (Samantha Nicole Dunn – Madonna and the Breakfast Club) tragically took her own life one year ago. That is the leaping off point of this film. Her mother and older sister Rosie (Sarah Rich – appeared in episodes of Orange is the New Black and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit) have not recovered yet. While her mother falls into depression, Rosie is angry and wants someone to pay.

Rosie wants someone to pay as her sister was a victim of online bullying after being sexploited and that is the reason she committed suicide. The man who killed Amelia is now back online seemingly looking for new victims. Rose is not going to let this happen. After the authorities show that they are not going to do anything the teenage girl decides she is going to catch him herself. By any means necessary. Watch to see how far she will go.

While on the one hand there is a lot to like about #Like, on the other there are some disappointments. On the plus there is a rather stark and realistic examination of modern teenhood. Meaning you get a window into the hormones and angst along with some compelling film elements like suspense and tension. All of the above, when done well, are jewels in the film world. Then there is the impressive acting done by the young lead. Sarah Rich takes on this rather demanding role with ease and imbues Rosie with all the requisite emotions – anger, doubt, sadness – to create a realistic character.

Where the film does fail is in its addressing of the insidious societal monster of rape culture or sexual exploitation of women. Now that we have come through initiatives like #MeToo just addressing it is not enough. The angle the film takes is a bit of let down. Instead of making us think about the whole issue it causes us to focus on whether the storyteller made the right decisions in her delivery of the issue. No bueno!

#Like is available on iTunes, Amazon Prime Video and Microsoft Store.

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