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Film / Status Update

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Status Update is a 2018 teen comedy romance film starring Ross Lynch and Olivia Holt.

An unpopular teenager, Kyle, discovers a smartphone app that brings whatever he posts on it into reality, and he uses this to essentially become one of the most popular kids in school.

It had a limited release on March 23, 2018, as well as a video on demand release on March 30, 2018.

Previews: Trailer 1

This film has examples of:

  • Alpha Bitch: Charlotte, who only shows interest in Kyle after he becomes popular.
  • Betty and Veronica: Dani (Betty) and mean girl Charlotte (Veronica) over Kyle.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Kyle delivers this to his dad at the breakfast table towards the film's climax, and a rather emotional one at best.
  • Camp Gay: Brian, who wears women's jeans for no reason other than that he's gay.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: When Kyle asks Dani to sing and she refuses, he asks out loudly (for her mom to hear) if Dani has ever "played the game Truth or Dare", then starts making the bed move loud and heavily. While Dani tries to get him to stop, Dani's mom asks her from downstairs "what are you doing up there?", to which Dani quickly and awkwardly clears up...
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  • Green-Eyed Monster: Dani doesn't react well to seeing a post of Charlotte kissing Kyle.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Kyle and Dani are both blond and also nice people.
  • Interchangeable Asian Cultures: Kyle's sister's boyfriend is an Occidental Otaku, who loves anime so much that he only speaks...Chinese?
  • Jerk Jock: The star of the hockey team is this. He pretty much plays every stereotype about one completely straight.
  • Love Triangle: One occurs between Kyle, Charlotte (the resident Alpha Bitch) and Dani.
  • Mr. Fanservice: This being a Ross Lynch vehicle, he of course gets an obligatory gratuitous Shirtless Scene. This time wearing only a towel in the locker room.
  • Mrs. Robinson: Katherine (Charlotte's mother) comes off as this to the main character Kyle when she approaches him in the kitchen in an attempt to seduce him and ends with hilarious results. Being played by Famke Janssen doesn't hurt.
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  • No Bisexuals: Brian is jealous of Kyle at the start of the film, telling him to back off of "his girl". Cue Dani telling him that she isn't his girl... because he's gay. He insists he's actually "37%" (gay or straight, not really clear), and is immediately ignored.
  • Pop-Up Texting: Kyle's posts are shown in boxes on the film.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Kyle delivers one to his father, in front of everyone at the family breakfast.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The trailer gives away the entire basic structure of the film; a teenage guy becomes popular through magical means, a Love Triangle ensues, the guy realizes that he should just stick with what he already had.


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