I’m Steve freaking Youtube!
Director : Alex Winter
Cast : Ian Hecox, Anthony Padilla, Jenna Marbles, Steve Austin, Jilian Nelson, Brittany Ross and Mark Fischbach
So like me, I suspect that those who found their way onto Youtube in the early days would have come across “SMOSH” quite quickly. I found them when they did a lip-sync and mock-fighting parody of the theme to “Mortal Kombat”. They were one of the first channels I subscribed to as I was starting my own channel, but like a fair few, I found myself quickly getting bored by their videos.
That is not meant to be a criticism of them, more an observation how quickly things can change, especially in the early days of Youtube. Anyway, after years of not having any form of viewing or thought about them, I suddenly found myself drawn to a trailer of their movie due to it having fellow Youtuber “Markiplier” in it, albeit I assume briefly. I am a big fan of Mark and saw him recently in London at a life show, which although short, was brilliant fun.
Anyway, this appeared on Netflix recently and as it only just has over 5,000 votes on IMDB I thought to myself that it might be worth watching for the purpose of reviewing. I have no hope for it being of decent quality whatsoever, especially given the current score of 3.6/10 on the aforementioned site.
Anthony (Padilla) has moved into Ian’s (Hecox) house but the two share a strained relationship due to the latter’s slacker lifestyle and obsession with a random girl on Youtube. After Anthony becomes obsessed with making sure his high-school crush is going to the reunion, they pair visit the head office of Youtube to get an embarrassing video removed. After discussing ti with the owner, they end up going through a portal and into Youtube itself.
After interacting with a few videos, they realise that they can change things and eventually end up in a Jenna Marbles (herself) video. She alerts them to there being a time limit on what they are experiencing, and failing to get out in time will see them trapped in Youtube.
Is it better than the 3.6/10 rating indicates?
There is a quote from Billy Madison that I kept on thinking whilst watching this 83 minute film…
“What you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.”
Now I realise that this is a movie primarily aimed at a younger audience, and I, a person in their mid-thirties, am completely unlikely to connect with this, but even then I really struggled to find anything even slightly positive about this film. To sum up some of the jokes in this movie, there is an ongoing joke in which big companies are run by people who have that company as their surname (which admittedly got me fondly remembering a conversation I had with my brother-in-law whilst I was still young as he tried to convince me that there was a Mr Peugeot, Mr BBC, etc), with the predominant one being Steve Youtube. It’s a joke that I would normally say got tired quickly, but it never started being funny in the first place.
This, in a word, was a slog. Although it is only 83 minutes long (thankfully), there wasn’t a single moment when I wasn’t looking to see how long was left. This really isn’t helped by less than convincing performances by everyone involved, and whilst I know that the majority in the movie aren’t professional actors, at times it felt more like a lengthy Youtube sketch, not a movie. Watching it on a 4K TV didn’t help in that sense either as the up-scaled quality made the visuals look even more amateurish.
I’m really surprised that this was directed by Alex Winter, one half of movie duo “Bill and Ted”, and although some cameos from cast members from “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” (such as Ted’s dad) were distracting, overall it is a poor effort from all involved.
A poor effort from all involved and I imagine that if you aren’t a fan of the SMOSH channel then you will also struggle to take any positives from this “comedy”. The attempt at jokes are largely wide of the mark and give it a few days and I’ll forget most about this movie.
I really hate heavily criticising people for being ambitious, but unfortunately Hecox and Padilla should have Yourealised that their comedy is best suited (well, I say that, it should just be in a trash can somewhere) to platforms such as Youtube, not feature length films.
If you’re a fan, or someone in your early teens, then you might enjoy this, but otherwise there is precisely nothing here for you.