Bo Burnham – Inside: A Musical Memoir about Mental Health, the Internet, and 2020

Bo Burnham Inside Netflix Comedy Special Reviewed on Christian Movie Podcast Cinematic Doctrine
Bo Burnham: Inside – A Musical Memoir about Mental Health, the Internet, and 2020

TW: Mental Health, Suicide

Melvin and Daniel discuss deteriorating mental health, content creation, the internet, and comedy. They also discuss being honest with one another, and the difficult necessity of vulnerability.


  • Daniel gets stuck in a church bathroom, enjoys his wedding anniversary, and talks about his Bo Burnham Bacon-number. 
  • Introducing Bo Burnham: Inside [7:12] 
  • Inside is a snapshot of what it’s like to exist online during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, which means it may alienate viewers outside of that demographic 
  • Additionally, the special begins broadly accessible with tracks like ‘Content’ and ‘Comedy’, yet soon becomes musically debilitating due to the onslaught of social awareness and existential anxiety 
  • Inside’s lyrics are loaded with a multitude of anxieties, including anxiety about capitalism as an ideological moral compass 
  • Companies chasing morality for profit is a perfect example of “Christ-less morality” 
  • A brief tangent about clearing out books by disgraced authors (which segways into a discussion about the song “Problematic”) 
  • “Look Who’s Inside Again” is the turning from general topics to personal, yet still relatable, mental health issues 
  • Melvin shares his interpretation of several songs and compares specific metatextual concepts to real life situations, both in his own life and in church life 
  • Inside is too plausible to be disingenuous, as everyone in some capacity relates to Bo Burnham’s breakdown and introversion.
  • Melvin continues his observation of various songs, specifically “That Funny Feeling”.
  • Daniel, “We were not made for this hyper awareness of everything that’s going on.”
  • A discussion on the loss of relationship amidst 2020, and how often what was left was merely difficult conversations online without the security of companionship.
  • Contemplating overcoming anxiety, depression, past sin, guilt, and shame, and the isolation produced from staying “inside” with these experiences and feelings.


Bo Burnham: Inside sleeping on floor in Netflix Comedy review on Cinematic Doctrine

Bo Burnham: Inside is Rated TV-MA. It features Bo Burnham. Directed by Bo Burnham. Bo Burnham: Inside is available on Netflix.

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Melvin Benson Cinematic Doctrine Christian Movie Podcast Host

Melvin Benson is the Founder, Editor-In-Chief, and Lead Host of Cinematic Doctrine. He’s written fiction and nonfiction for over a decade with short stories featured on the Creepypasta Wiki and Wattpad. His novelette Ethereal Temptation, a teen drama with a tinge of magical-realism, can be read for free here. His hope is to see King Jesus glorified as far as the east is from the west!

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