After being accused of anti-Semitism, Netflix hit ‘Do Revenge’ had to do its due diligence

The number one movie in North America this weekend on Netflix, the largest streaming platform, is a teen comedy that isn’t particularly good but definitely a watch titled Do Revenge. (Its weak grammar is discussed in the film.)

It’s a light-hearted affair that wears her love of last-generation high school movies like “Heathers,” “Clueless,” “Ten Things I Hate About You,” and “Mean Girls” on its delicately tailored cover. But other than some really amazing outfits, “Do Revenge” doesn’t really happen much in terms of original plot or clever dialogue.

There’s no reason to discuss it in such a solemn news post – surely the youngsters who tuned in to this weekend’s events will soon have their attention diverted by the next broadcast producer – except for the fact that some people on social media are accusing the film of anti-Semitism.

Facebook posts and Twitter Comments She notes that some audience members were surprised at how one character’s Jewishness was integrated into the film. Here, as the target demographic, tea will say:

Do Revenge is set in a super elite middle school. Everyone is plotting against everyone else and no one, at least to the end, is a corner of righteousness. Our main characters (played by Camila Mendes and Maya Hawke) strike a pact to fulfill each other’s vengeful desires, similar to the plot of Patricia Highsmith’s novel Strangers on a Train (later adapted for film by Alfred Hitchcock, and later by Danny. DeVito as “Throwing Mother off a Train”). “).

There are a few twists and turns that reveal that almost everyone in school is a spiteful, cheating, obsessed with fake Instagram likes etc, and the cast is a rainbow of diversity for all races and sexual orientations. However, the biggest villain, the richest and most politically connected father, is someone named Max Broussard, played by Austin Abrams.

Austin Abrams as Max in Do Revenge. (Kim Sims/Netflix)

Wikipedia, which is eerily good at referring to “who is a Jew,” says Abrams’ father of Russian-Jewish descent. We don’t hear anything about Broussard’s race, although he does use the Yiddish word for “guarantor” at some point. But in the third act of this Miami movie, where shirt buttons are frequently unbuttoned, we prominently see the Star of David necklace.

Some have questioned why the only Jew in the movie is a sexist, manipulative, and turns out puppet master of the school’s toxic social structure?

Speaking in this way, one can understand why some might feel nauseous.

But there is a twist. The two supporting characters in the movie are cute, and one of them, Max’s sister, Gabe, is the voice of moral clarity throughout the drama. I have no idea if Talia Ryder, who plays Gabi, is Jewish, nor do I think it’s related. (I know she’s not the daughter of Winona Ryder, which is a pretty common question apparently, and for good reason—they seem quite alike!) But, logically, the character is Jewish, and she smells like a rose.

Maya Revico as Montana, Paris Berelke as Megan, Maya Hawke as Eleanor, Alisha Bowie as Tara in Do Revenge. (Kim Sims/Netflix)

Still, as a single person on Twitter pointing toWe don’t see her wearing a Star of David or tea or anything like that. Someone watching this movie halfway while texting, TikToking, or anything else the intended audience might do might fail to make the connection.

The film’s politics, like any politics, is vaguely liberal. We somewhat sympathize with Camila Mendes’ character as a struggling minority who attends this hilarious posh school on a scholarship. Maya Hawke’s character is gay, and her sexuality hasn’t been accepted for a moment by any of the other characters (although it’s “bad” for other reasons). So, for a movie that seems to care a lot about being on the “right side” of things, the deliberate choice to make the irreplaceable villain a Jew stands out. Wasn’t there a producer somewhere asking, “Ah, are you sure you want to do this?”

Of course, in fact, growing up in New Jersey (which is like Florida plus snow), I definitely knew some kids like Max Broussard. Some of them were Gentiles and others were Jews. Art is meant to reflect life, and I am very concerned about social media users of the Peanut Gallery who wish to restrict art based on what is considered politically correct.

The recent extraordinary film “Everything Everywhere Every Time” was heavily criticized because one character, played by Jewish actress Jenny Slate, was dubbed a Chinese character “Big Nose”. And the creators of the film apologized, and they are not Jews, although in my opinion they should not. For starters, “big nose,” which I learned as a result of this slight fuss, is a common, rude word many Chinese use against all white people. But on top of that: life is chaotic, people have many sides, and eliminating that from the movies and turning everything into a kindergarten would create a very boring culture.

Unlike “everything everywhere at once”, “Do Revenge” is such a mediocre product that I can’t summon the strength to defend it as a sacred work of art. In contrast to the “Big Nose” position, which comes from a place of honesty with a character, the front and center position of the Star of David in a frothy movie is forgettable, as my British friends might say, is a “special target”. They should have saved themselves the headache and not included it.

Is it anti-Semitism? I don’t know. People should make movies about whatever they want, and pretending that all Jews are saints is stupid. Normally this is where I’d recommend watching the movie and making the decision for yourself, but as a critic I really can’t recommend going that route either. So we are stuck. Apparently someone has “taken revenge” on all of us.

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