You want to know what’s on my list? I’ll tell ya.
Brett Blackmore’s f**k-it list goes viral online. Days before that, he was the perfect student who was accepted in seven of the eight Ivies. Then his school exploded, and he is the culprit. His live turned upside down, Brett is done with being a good teenager and is ready to live his life on his own terms.
If this is what Gen-Z kids think of the world right now, then we don’t need a list, we’re all f**ked up one way or another. The F**k-It List means well, it has a message it wants to convey: teenagers should have some amount of freedom on how they want to live their lives. But this movie destroyed its message in the worst possible way.
We open up in your typical high school setting with the lead character Brett Blackmore (rich kid, white, valedictorian, popular, good lucking, and all the things that make this movie unreal) being accepted in seven of the eight Ivies that he applied to. The missing one is Harvard, he’s on the waiting list, to make it seem realistic. Brett, of course, is unsatisfied with his life, poor guy. He thought he wasted his high school life studying, missing out on stuff teenagers usually do. The turning point in the story: their school exploded. He as a culprit was expelled and all his college acceptances are withdrawn. That’s why he made a f**k-it list, stuff he regretted doing, stuff he missed out, stuff he wants to do. It went viral and he became famous and he lived happily ever after. That’s the ending of the movie, I’m not kidding.
The F**k-It List could have made the storyline like the lead character is dissatisfied with his life, made a list of what he wants to do, carry on doing those things and then realizing that his life is perfect all along. But no. The writers went into a nose dive down to that deep crevice. The idea is that Brett does not want to go to college, but travel the world instead. Which is fine, yes. But completely throwing those opportunities really is not a good message to portray in a movie. The setting, the background of the characters, it’s all wrong. Here’s a pitch: Brett is from a middle-class family, he’s got accepted on several Ivies (not all) after hard work. But he’s conflicted between going to college and helping his family on one hand, to living a life he wants on the other. He chose college yet still he finds out a way to fulfill his dream. That sort of stuff. You know the drill.
I’m not complaining about the unrealistic high school scenes like that one with the top shot of a parade of expensive cars carrying students on the way to burning some textbooks. Which went viral, I must say. That’s to be expected on a movie like this, straight from the pages of a poorly edited YA book. Still, there is good stuff in this movie. Like Brett’s conversations with his parents, his best friend coming out, and the story of Kayla, his love interest, who is having a difficult life with her family. The audience could never relate with these characters, they’re so unrealistic, to begin with. But weirdly enough, Eli Brown, seemed to be the perfect actor to play as Brett.
Aeolus Worthy (1 out of 5 stars). The F**k-It List has a message but they f**cked up big time in conveying it. The lead character complains about life being unfair while driving expensive cars, swimming in a large pool, while deciding if he will say yes to Harvard who finally wants him in. Again, poor guy. I mean, it’s tone-deaf for sure. It’s alright to be cynical, especially in a teenage film, but it should be for the right reasons.