Status Update follows a teen film format but the film spices up the stereotypical with comedy, fantasy, and a moral lesson.

Status Update: New movie

Social media is everywhere. And as if high school wasn’t torturous enough for some teens, they’re now subjected to the cruelty of believing everyone’s life around them is better than theirs. And it’s all there on display in perfectly filtered pictures. But while social media makes everyone’s lives seems flawless, in truth, without the filters, none are…

 With a combination of talented fresh faces including Ross Lynch and Olivia Holt, the movie is a commentary on the current situation on social media.  The film opens up at 33 cinemas around South African on 30 November 2018.

Directed by Scott Speer and written by Jason Filardi, Status Update offers a glimpse of what life would be like if your dreams came true every time you updated your status.

Status Update story

The movie features former Disney Channel star, Ross Lynch, as the quintessential California kid Kyle, who is uprooted when his parents split, and his mom takes him and his younger sister cross-country to Connecticut.  At Kyle’s new school, he meets the usual suspects – Lonnie, the nerd who becomes Kyle’s best friend; Dani, the girl of Kyle’s dreams; and Derek, the jock and Kyle’s nemesis.  As expected, Kyle is a total fish out of water and his first day consists of one humiliating incident after another, resulting in his cell phone being smashed by bullies, led by Derek. But everything changes when he goes to the mall to get his broken phone fixed.  There he meets a strange, seemingly insightful cell phone salesman, who introduces him to YOUniverse, a mysterious app that effectively turns his phone into a 21st century Aladdin’s lamp.

Kyle soon discovers that with just one sentence, he can get whatever he asks for – whether it’s a visit from his father, the voice to win a part in the school talent show, or the skills to threaten the hockey captain’s dominance on the ice.  But with great power comes great temptation, and Kyle begins to want more and more. In a matter of weeks, the new kid turns into the school’s most popular all-rounder – he becomes the person every guy wants to be, and every girl wants to date.

As in life – and every other wish fulfilment film – when something seems too good to be true, it often is. Kyle finds himself the victim of his own desire for acceptance and social media fame. Can he set things straight and make amends with those he hurt? Or is he addicted to his Status Update powers …

What: Status Update

Where and when: In cinemas from 30 November 2018

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