Mainstream

audience Reviews

, 36% Audience Score
  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
    Holier-than-thou yet very poorly executed. It had an opportunity to tell a nuanced story but didn't take it, going for the under-cooked and self-righteous instead.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Great story, very entertaining, with a major Hollywood vibe.
  • Rating: 0.5 out of 5 stars
    this is really bad like really really really bad pls don't watch it
  • Rating: 0.5 out of 5 stars
    Wtf was this movie??????
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    Directed by Gia Coppola, 'Mainstream' is a cliché comedy-drama that follows three Los Angeles residents on their path to internet stardom. The 94-minute feature is yet another film that shows its viewers the overexploited dangers of technology and social media. Viewers first meet Frankie (Maya Hawke), a young woman living in West Hollywood, haunted by her father's death. She works at a mundane job bartending with her friend Jake, with no idea of what she wants to do with her life except run her struggling Youtube channel. She soon encounters charismatic stranger Link (Andrew Garfield), who intrigues Frankie with his anti-technology, anti-social media views. Frankie, Link and Jake create a Youtube channel under the name 'No One Special' that focuses around a stereotypical, narcissistic influencer played by Link. As their channel gains traction, they are catapulted into internet stardom and are soon rubbing shoulders with some of the most popular influencers in LA. However, this new perfect life doesn't last forever - Tensions arise, business slows down. But when one of 'No One Special's videos drives a girl to suicide, will it all fall down or will they relish in their newfound fame? Maya Hawke gives a profound performance in the lead role, but her chemistry with co-star Andrew Garfield can't help but fall flat. However, Garfield plays Link as the unique, energetic character he's supposed to be. Don't be alarmed if you think 'Link' bears some resemblance to Nicolas Cage; the character is based on him, who is Coppola's second cousin. Nat Wolff gives a good performance as the typical boy best friend, hopelessly in love with the female lead. Although 'Mainstream' radiates a sense of idiosyncrasy, it can't help but make use of all the stereotypical tropes viewers would've seen plenty of times before. Be it the idea that phones and social media are toxic, or the naive girl enamoured by the charismatic stranger into a whole new world, while the loyal best friend is left behind. Either way, there's a high chance you've seen a film almost identical to 'Mainstream' without even realising it. One of the few unique things about 'Mainstream' is that their fame is limited; they might be one of the biggest channels on youtube, but if you ask a Hollywood celebrity who they are, they would probably have no clue. That's the thing that grounds it into the real world, it's much harder to get famous in Hollywood than it is to get famous on social media. Autumn Durald provides 'Mainstream' with beautiful cinematography that compliments the editing to a T. The editing, courtesy of Glen Scantlebury, also coincides with the techno, contemporary aesthetic of the film. If you're looking for other films that explore and highlight the dangers of social media and technology, the 2020 documentary 'The Social Dilemma' should be on your radar. As should the comedy thriller 'Spree', which stars Hawke's Stranger Things co-star Joe Keery. Something Coppola does well is to capture internet culture in a somewhat accurate way. She includes real influencers and celebrities: including the controversial Jake Paul, Patrick Starrr and Riverdale actor Charles Melton. But as well as directing, Coppola also penned the screenplay for the film alongside Tom Stuart. The two create a brilliantly written, smooth flowing mixture of sincere, passionate moments and hilarious comedy. All in all, Gia Coppola gives viewers an above-average film that features both over-used themes as well as derivative plotlines and subplots that you've probably seen many times before.
  • Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
    'Mainstream' is a uniquely bizarre and flawed film anchored by Andrew Garfield's energetic performance.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    Andrew Garfield is a treasure.
  • Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
    Oddball of a flick with an oddball premise. Spoilt rich kid poses as crazy artsy street kid teams up with girl videographer and music composer and goes from creating viral videos on youtube which leads to mainstream live shows by urging people to chuck their phone and cease social activity on the internet, contradicting their own path to social media success.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Great movie with the best Spider-Man
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    The movie was great,and the best of all the great performance of "Andrew Garfield "