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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.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Brian when he tries to expose Kyle as a fraud in front of the whole school:
    Brian: He's got you all believing he's a singer, a hockey player, and worst of all, a heterosexual.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Brian seems jealous because of Kyle talking to "his girl" Dani. It turns out he's jealous because he wants Kyle.
  • Betty and Veronica: Dani (Betty) and mean girl Charlotte (Veronica) over Kyle.
  • Big Man on Campus: Kyle works his way up to being it for Hayden High.
  • 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.
  • Cassandra Truth: No one believes Brian when he tells everyone about Kyle's usage of U-niverse.
  • Ferris Wheel Date Moment: Dani really likes ferris wheels, so Kyle takes her out on a date on one.
  • Go Through Me: Subverted. Brian says it while trying to stop Kyle from getting into The Slam, but he drops the act after Kyle reminds him of his homosexuality and tells him to be himself.
  • 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 blonde and also nice people.
  • How Many Fingers?: Kyle asks Lonnie this after Derek knocks the latter off Kyle's skateboard using his hockey stick.
  • Interchangeable Asian Cultures: Kyle's sister's boyfriend is an Occidental Otaku, who loves anime so much that he only speaks...Chinese?
  • Jerk Jock: Derek 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.
  • 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, straight or just has a special preference for Dani, not really clear), and is immediately ignored.
  • Pop-Up Texting: Kyle's posts are shown in boxes.
  • Put Me In, Coach!: After Kyle fakes an injury to get to The Slam at the Big Game, Derek, who hasn't played all season because he was upstaged by Kyle, offers to take his place. Of course, he wins the game.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Kyle delivers one to his father, in front of everyone at the family breakfast.
    Kyle: Well, how's that job going, Dad? Wait, Mom. Sit down. I'm fine but Mom's not getting your breakfast today or any day. The free rides stop. Right now. Leave her out of this! This is about me and you! Yeah. When Mom moved me away from you, I was so angry and hurt and alone. She took me away from my best friend, my hero. I would've done anything for you to come back into my life. But the truth is, you didn't even want me! You didn't even want me! I was so wrong and I made Mom go through hell because of it. But Mom, Maxie and I, we deserve somebody who wants to be with us. And you deserve to live your life. And as hard as that is, I get it now.
  • 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.


Video Example(s):


Dani and Kyle's dream date

Kyle takes Dani out on a date where they ride on a secluded ferris wheel, where they share a tender moment and give each other comfort.

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