Not Okay: The Better Evan Hansen

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Not Okay – The Better Evan Hansen

Hulu continues to put out bangers, and Melvin & Dan discuss Not Okay, one of its latest successes!


  • (PATREON EXCLUSIVE) Discussing They/Them, the controversial and questionable slasher set at a gay conversion camp, as well as some new Ezra Miller/Flash/Warner Brothers news. (PATREON EXCLUSIVE) 
  • When Melvin first learned about Not Okay‘s description, he immediately knew he wanted to watch it. 
  • Melvin felt Not Okay had some influence from Friday the 13th: Part V: A New Beginning. Yes, he explains. 
  • Zoey Deutch and Dylan O’Brien were both in The Outfit, another movie from 2022. Melvin gives a mini review for that, while asserting the quality of their chemistry. 
  • Part of why Melvin texted Daniel about covering Not Okay is specifically to compare it to Dear Evan Hansen, so the two begin detailing key differences in quality and character between the two. 
  • By making the film more realistic and sensible, Not Okay succeeds in making its lead character both appropriately despicable and frustratingly sympathetic, both qualities that Dear Evan Hansen never achieves in its bizarro world depiction of horrible events. 
  • Daniel, “If you told me this was made as a response to [Dear Evan Hansen], I would believe you.” 
  • The final sequence is the primary standout of Not Okay


Zoey Deutch and Dylan O'Brien in Not Okay

Not Okay is Rated R for language throughout, drug use, and some sexual content. It features Zoey Deutch, Mia Isaac, Tia Dionne Hodge, Dylan O’Brien, and Nadia Alexander. Directed by Quinn Shephard. Not Okay is available on Hulu.

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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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