Honor Society Review: Another Unlikable Female Protagonist

Another day and another film about a narcissistic female protagonist who is presented to audiences as someone who’s supposed to be likable.

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In 2022, streaming have become the home of movies that Studios know would have no chance of making a profit at the box office but will fit nicely at a streaming service that only relies on “content.”

Here we have another “content movie” from Paramount + entitled “Honor Society.” Starring Angourie Rice who plays the role of Honor, Honor is a 17-year-old High school student that will do anything it takes to get into Harvard and I mean anything that takes. The only thing that matters in Honor’s life is getting out of her small town so that she can go make something of herself. But when she finds out that there are four other students who are on the same road to getting a recommendation to Harvard, she decides to meddle in everyone else’s life to make sure that she’ll be the FrontRunner at the end of the school year.

Things take a turn when she falls in love with a fellow student named Michael (Gaten Matarazzo). Michael is a social outcast as well and after spending a little more time with him, Honor realizes that she and Michael aren’t that much different from each other. Honor now must deal with the dilemma of finding love for the first time or continuing her con to get into Harvard.

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One thing I’ll give this movie credit for, whoever cut the trailer for this film did a good job of making it seem like this was a good movie. Once again, we have another film that wears its progressive heart on its sleeve. Not even a minute into the film and you’re treated with references to things such as The Handmaid’s Tale, Beyonce, and Billie Eilish.

Immediately were treated to a protagonist who breaks the fourth wall for the entire film. Angourie Rice is a pretty charming actress. The only problem is that everything else around her is absolutely abysmal. The characters are all high school cliches that we’ve seen in every teen movie ever since the film Mean Girls came out in 2004.

You have the socially awkward weirdo, the guy who gets bullied by everyone in school, the jock who is gay but has trouble coming out to his parents, the other sassy gay student, and the two unlikeable best friends of the protagonist.

Occasionally the film has a moment of clarity even sometimes allowing Honor to realize there’s more than life than just school and work. It’s almost as if the person writing this film just couldn’t come to the realization that comes to that clarity which leaves us with a very empty story that accomplishes nothing and just goes to waste everyone’s time along the way.

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The only good thing I can say about “Honor Society” is that, you pay less money to have your time wasted than you would have if the movie was in theaters.





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