I Am Not Okay With This review: Supernatural teen drama comes out on top | I AM NOT OKAY WITH THIS displays a pulpy, satirical look at teen angst and unpredictable high-school woes - alongside some superpowers - but does it b

I Am Not Okay With This review: Supernatural teen drama comes out on top

I Am Not Okay With This review: Supernatural teen drama comes out on top

I Am Not Okay With This review: Supernatural teen drama comes out on top

I Am Not Okay With This review: Supernatural teen drama comes out on top

I Am Not Okay With This review: Supernatural teen drama comes out on top

I Am Not Okay With This review: Supernatural teen drama comes out on top
I Am Not Okay With This review: Supernatural teen drama comes out on top
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I’m Not Okay With This jumpstarts with a brutal cold start which sees the protagonist, Sydney (played by Sophia Lillis), running through the street covered in blood in a gorgeous homage to Stephen King’s Carrie. What follows is a sometimes thought-provoking coming-of-age show, interlaced with some supernatural effects.

Sydney narrates the show by talking to her diary, which her therapist has prescribed to her.

She and her family are dealing with the loss of her father who took his own life the year before.

Since then, Sydney’s relationships at home have deteriorated, and so too has her mood.

Combined with her slow realisation she is in love with her best friend, Dina (Sofia Bryant), Sydney is not having a good time.

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I Am Not Okay With This Review: Sophia Lillis is excellent as Sydney (Image: NETFLIX)

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I Am Not Okay With This Review: Sydney's life turns upside down quickly (Image: NETFLIX)

To make matters worse, Sydney even finds herself confused about her relationship with neighbour and friend Stanley (Wyatt Oleff).

While he is head-over-heels in love with Sydney, she simply cannot figure out where her feelings lie with him.

Although this is a common aspect of teenage dramas, things get a little more serious as he figures out some things about her.

Over the seven episodes viewers will see Sydney explore her feelings towards her family, friends, and life, alongside a killer ‘90s pop-rock soundtrack.

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I Am Not Okay With This Review: Sydney goes on quite a journey over the seven episodes (Image: NETFLIX)

Caked in subtle, stylish drippings of Americana, I Am Not Okay With This gives young adults a Pulp Fiction vibe which will no-doubt be memorable upon first watch.

It’s no surprise director Jonathan Entwistle also worked on The End of the F***ing World, as the raw, teenage hormones ingrained in each scene is almost visible - and it’s so gross in the best way.

But the entire season doesn’t hang on songs by The Cure or dirty denim, but rather the ever-looming threat of Sydney’s superpowers.

Like the aforementioned Carrie - or Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira - Sydney’s powers begin materialising slowly before ramping up into a huge threat.

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Although most of the plot hinges on this crucially bonkers aspect of Sydney’s life, it sometimes feels forgotten.

In fact, some episodes focus more on her relationships with her friends than her powers - which are written and directed excellently.

But as things progress, the growing hum of Sydney’s powers feel like they need to be addressed.

Thankfully, the final two episodes of the show are a masterclass in tension building and relief.

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