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#REALITYHIGH (2017)

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High-achieving high-school senior Dani Barnes dreams of getting into UC Davis, the world's top veterinary school. Then a glamorous new friend draws her into a Southern California scene that threatens everything she's worked for.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nesta Cooper ... Dani Barnes
Keith Powers ... Cameron Drake
Alicia Sanz ... Alexa Medina
Jake Borelli ... Freddie Myers
Anne Winters ... Holly
Patrick Davis ... Miguel
Michael Provost ... Shannon
Ryan Malaty ... Vinny
Kate Walsh ... Dr. Fiona Shively
John Michael Higgins ... Principal Dixon
Valarie Rae Miller ... Mrs. Barnes
Jeffrey D. Sams ... Mr. Barnes
Leah Rose Randall ... Taylor Barnes
Marissa Cuevas ... Kimmy
Peter Gilroy ... Broussard
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High-achieving high-school senior Dani Barnes dreams of getting into UC Davis, the world's top veterinary school. Then a glamorous new friend draws her into a Southern California scene that threatens everything she's worked for.

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Release Date:

8 September 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

#РЕАЛЬНАЯШКОЛА See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Jake Borelli and Kate Walsh have both played doctors in Grey's Anatomy (2005) but in different seasons. See more »

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Taylor uploads a video despite her not recording in the scene she uploaded a video of. See more »

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References Frozen (2013) See more »

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Predictable High School Drama With Heart
25 March 2018 | by MJL_UncensoredSee all my reviews

#REALITYHIGH, while predictable in every single way, is a surprisingly quaint and endearing high school drama starring Nesta Cooper as Dani Barnes-a young black girl whose bullied in grade school, which results in her banishing herself from social media. Flashforward to high school and she is the awkward geek girl that exists in real life but surprisingly seems to annoy this generation of movie geeks who feel they are being represented unfairly. To that, I say, "Shut-up! Be a geek and be proud!"

Dani's character is not nuanced in any way-her role is a carbon copy of any number of pretty geek girls seen throughout film history who are just one make-over away from underappreciated darling to video vixen. Dani just happens to be caramel colored supposedly ugly-duckling who happens to be pretty. So black audiences are treated to a rare treat: a good, young black male with good intentions towards the protagonists. Netflix, what are you doing? How dare you do something positive in the name of diversity. Okay, I'm being facetious to make a point: it is nice to see black kids shown in a light that's not tragic, demeaning, or violent. So for that alone, I was willing to give it a try.

As the movie progresses, it hits all the right plot points, and the characters are relatively good-natured, except the antagonist-Alexa: the narcissistic social media star that ruined Dani's childhood. When Alexa's ex-boyfriend, Cameron (played by the charming Keith Powers) starts dating Dani, it sets Dani and Alexa on an inevitable collision course. Now, doesn't that play into the trope of girls fighting one another over a guy? Sure it does. Does that happen in real life? Hell yeah! So, what are crying about people? Lighten up. #REALITYHIGH delivers a wholesome love story about two decent kids trying to navigate a vicious, social media culture. The same culture that's trashing this movie on IMDB as if it were ever trying to be anything more than a fluffy high school film.

#REALITYHIGH suffers from some choppy transitions scenes, and a lack of onscreen time for her bratty sister Taylor, but it's not enough to hamper the movie in any kind of way. If anything, the on-screen chemistry of Nesta Cooper and Keith Powers make this movie a pleasure to watch and left me hoping to see more of these young actors in the future.


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