Subscribed to HBO Max? It’s time to update the “My List” section and add Fake Famous to your weekend watchlist. HBO released the new “mockumentary”, Fake Famous at the beginning of the new year. Ever since then, movie critics and bloggers have not stopped typing and posting about it… And not because it’s an amazing film. Viewers have plenty to say about Fake Famous and I’m here to give you the inside scoop.
Real Reviews on Fake Famous
As stated by HBO Max, Fake Famous is meant to showcase the obsession that society has regarding social media. Fake Famous‘s goal is to shine a light on everyone’s obsession over the number of followers, likes, and overall engagement and attention people receive throughout all social media platforms. The mockumentary follows the three main characters who are turning into influencers (like in modern-day social media). Movie critics on IMDB have posted their opinions for everyone to see.
10 year IMDB member, pensacolacomputer rated Fake Famous a 7/10 and wrote stated:
“There is something seriously wrong with our society lately…and this documentary highlights part of the reason why. I like to think of the world as before the internet, and after the internet. Before the internet, society was much much better….people were “normal” ..friendly…neighborly….people did things outside with friends and family…met people in person…went out on dates…Now? People have their phones on for hours upon hours a day with no human interaction….people live in a make-believe world….and most people are screwed up and on anti-depressants or anxiety drugs., or a combo of both..”
There are many reviews similar to @pensacolacomputer on the IMDB Fake Famous profile. Many viewers state that Nick Bolton, the creator of the mockumentary, seems to believe the film is a work of art and paints exactly how the social media world is today. Additionally, Bolton’s mockumentary shows things such as social media users buying fake followers, which gives the viewer’s the idea that this is the case for all influencers on all platforms. Before the production of Fake Famous, there have been a great number of people who have expressed their opinions on being an influencer and the concept of being paid as an influencer. There are viewers who believe that being a social media influencer is not a real job and being behind a phone screen all day will not be acceptable in the future.
Fake Famous = Fake Information?
In any event, very few people on the IMDB website have given Bolton’s mockumentary, Fake Famous, a low rating. But, a very few amount of those people have a seemingly strong opinion about it.
IMDB member, selssss rated Fake Famous a low rating of 3/10 and has stated:
“The filmmaker clearly went into this wanting to tell a specific narrative and then picked out bits and pieces to fit that narrative without making a genuine attempt to understand influencers or the systems they exist in. From the very start he makes the claim that everybody wants to be famous and this is framed as a relatively new thing. He also makes a distinction between fame from acting/music/sports and fame from being an influencer, but does not really expand on this. And the issue with the whole thing is that “influencer” is such a broad term and this is very briefly explored but mostly ignored. The only evidence given for the “everybody wants to be famous thing” is a survey which apparently showed that more children said they wanted to be influencers when they grow up.”
So, why is everyone filled with rage after viewing Fake Famous? This pretty much sums it up.
Above, YouTuber and social media influencer Amanda from Swell Entertainment reviews Fake Famous in a 24-minute video. Amanda states that Fake Famous has many flaws, including the lack of proof Bolton has in regards to stating “everyone wants to be social media famous.” Amanda also speaks on the flaws regarding casting, the lack of interviewing real influencers, and the social experiment itself.
The Disrespecting of Mimi Goodwin
Within the film, businesswoman Mimi Goodwin and her fashion business “Mimi G Style” are featured without her consent. Not only was Goodwin not aware of this, but they used her to mock her and her social media presence. Overall, Fake Famous and its producers should feel ashamed for not granting consent. Also for depicting Goodwin as just an “influencer,” when Goodwin is in fact, an entrepreneur.
Fake Famous simply doesn’t provide insider tips on what it’s like to be an influencer in today’s world. It instead gives viewers the idea that influencers have no reason to be paid for their work. Again, it depicts the idea that being an influencer and collaborating with brands is not a real job. Fake Famous serves solely to mock social media and women.