A Modern Bunny Boiler Movie 'You Get Me' (2017) Review
What's It About?
Tyler is a guy with a girlfriend who he loves. They do everything together and order milkshakes with two straws and hold hands all the time.
Then they break up.
Tyler's gets whisked away by a mysterious girl he meets out of town.
When he returns a few days, he apologizes to his girlfriend and they get back together promising to never lie to each other again.
All of a sudden the mysterious girl he met turns up at his school. Who is Holly? Will she spill the beans about his weekend with her?
Trailer - 'You Get Me' From Netflix
Quick Film Info
Title: 'You Get Me.'
Release Date: June 2017, currently on Netflix as a Netflix original.
Genre: Weak Thriller.
- Bella Thorne is the antagonist Holly. She has had an impressive career for such a young star (born 1997.) She appears in TV series Scream (2015), and The O.C (2007), as well as movies like Amytville: The Awakening (2017), and plenty of tween movies.
- Taylor John Smith plays Tyler and he has starred in a few movies I hold in high regards such as Martyrs (2015), Insidious 3 (2015), Cruel Intentions (2016) and Hunger Games (2012.)
Written By: Ben Epstein.
Directed By: Brent Bonaccorso.
Which bunny boiler movie from the 90's did you like best?
My Thoughts on You Get Me
No matter which generation you come from, Fatal Attraction-esque storylines is featured in a movie you have probably seen. For some reason 1992 spawned a spate of these types of movies which is why I may have seen the plot-line many times over.
I do quite fancy the formula though;
- Girl meets boy or girl meets girl and become really close.
- Girl and boy have a brief but intense fling.
- Boy rejects girl or girl rejects boy.
- The girl immediately immerses herself in every aspect of the others life.
- The girl has a previous hidden mental illness.
- Girl kills a few people and/or pets.
- The girl does not end up with the boy or loses more than just a friendship.
Think 'Fatal Attraction' (1987) modernize it and make it a teen M15+ movie where the main characters are at school. Then turn down the drama a little with no one attempting any 'bunny boiling' and add some plot holes. Many films of this ilk with fewer plot holes are a lot better than this movie.
The final scenes are extremely disappointing. A very loose attempt at trying to portray a life lesson about appreciating what you had instead of what you could have had.
I've no idea why the last act required the antagonist to only be wearing panties. Her quest for revenge was very much premeditated. The point of sexualizing young girls is stupid when the scene doesn't call for it. In times where Hervey Weinstein-ism is a thing that doesn't even conflict with spell-check, perhaps she could have worn shorts while preparing to use weapons.
I guessed every single move this flick made and at one point found myself thinking; "this would make an OK daytime, free to air television movie." Given that those movies are generally C grade, you get the picture.
The characters were well cast which is a positive. The acting was not too shabby and the contemporary use of modern technology was a nice touch. All in all—I would have preferred if someone had decided to do something a little different or at least had the characters be a little more clued into Holly's mental state. Holly's step-mother speaks to the school midway to discuss that she has a few issues. Some of the things that Holly gets away with seem a little far-fetched and, if I'm honest, annoying.
Ben Epstein or Brent Bonarcorso should have tried harder with this one. The topic and theme are easy to work with and 'bunny boiling' movies when done right are great fun. You Get Me begins with high hopes which are unrealized with too many unasked questions. Set in contemporary times, phones, reporting and, tests are all part of them. Where it could have been smart, it chose to play dumb and that is a real shame.
I give 'You Get Me' 2 unused nooses out of 5.
90's Bunny Boiler Movies that are Actually Great
- The Devils (1971)
A religious horror where a nun takes her obsession against a priest way over the line.
- Fatal Attraction (1987)
Michael Douglas and Glen Close star in this one and I think this is one of the best of the bunch. Dan and Alex have an affair while Dan's wife is out of town and the usual line of it being a fling and a mistake doesn't quite gel with Alex who immediately cranks up the bunny boiler show and tries to kill herself.
He tries to shake her off the Dan scent in many ways but poor Alex has it bad for him and just keeps on coming Back. This is the actual movie where the bunny is boiled and the one that coined the phrase. It is pretty darn good too.
- Poison Ivy (1992)
This movie propelled my liking of this type of movie. Drew Barrymore stars as Ivy who longs for her friend Sylvie's comfortable life and so sets about to destroy it from the inside.
- The Hand That Rocks The Cradle (1992)
One of the best ever nanny comes bunny boiler movies, where a woman called Peyton is hired as the Bartels live-in nanny. Peyton is one of the more twisted narcissistic examples of obsession derived from a psychotic break.
- Single White Female (1992)
Bridget Fonda stars as Allie who is engaged to a guy called Sam. After they break up, she advertises for a new roommate and Hedra (played by Jennifer Jason Leigh) moves in. All is well in the beginning and the two become friends. Little by little Hedra begins to do things both covertly and overtly that lead Alison to think something is up. It all comes to a head when Alison and Sam reunite and the bunny boiler in Hedra rises from the ashes.
- Basic Instinct (1992)
Michael Douglass and Sharon Stone famously made this bunny boiler cult hit. A corrupt police officer investigating a murder who comes across a hot woman who looks to be the prime suspect.
The cop has an affair with his psychologist and then the hot woman called Catherine. A deadly game ensues where you never know who the bad guy is, because are all the women in this movie, seem suspicious and someone keeps killing people with an ice pick. While this movie is not fantastic - it is worth watching if you haven't seen it.
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