The psychological thriller based on the novel by Caroline Kepnes is worth yet another wintertime weekend binge fest!
Suggested by my brother’s girlfriend, “You” takes place in present time, New York City and revolves around the whirlwind “romance” of a psychotic bookstore manager who falls in love (err becomes obsessed) with modern day basic bitch, Beck.
The series, which originally aired on Lifetime (it definitely has a Lifetime-y feel), begins with a narrative from neurotic main character, Joe describing his new love interest Beck in eerie detail.
Later that night after their brief and light flirtatious encounter at the bookstore, Joe did something that every single one of us has done after encountering someone who peaks our interest.
Look them up on social media.
Only Joe went a little further than social media posts and tagged photos. He ends up locating her address, scoping the entire span of her existence and following her on social outings.
The entire series is shot mainly in a bookstore with the ironic underlining message of not judging a book by its cover. Joe came across as the typical nice guy who wouldn’t hurt a fly but in his mind he was a calculated killer with suppressed emotions caused by a major heartbreak and parental neglect. While Beck on the other hand was the Caucasian equivalent to Nola from Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It. She was artistic, broke and seemed angelic (painted by Joe’s impression of her, of course) but in reality was just another promiscuous basic bitch who suffered from daddy issues. In theory they were perfect for each other. A beautiful mess. The one episode that gave us an insight into Beck’s mind confirmed this theory.
Without giving a lot of this amazing series away, you’re probably still wondering, well, why should I watch ‘YOU’?
Because it’s about you.
And anyone else who has been exposed to dating within the last fifteen years.
It shows how much of ourselves we have exposed online for the sake of a “popping” social media presence and how all of that information can be exploited by people with ill intentions who want to gain something from us or worse.
YOU shows how vulnerable all of us really are in this world and one minor misjudge of character could possibly result in us locked away in a soundproof cage beneath an old time bookstore.