Luckiest Girl Alive Review: The Brutality and Truth

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Last Updated on October 21, 2022 by OtakuKart Staff

Based on Jessica Knoll’s 2015 novel of the same name, “Luckiest Girl Alive,” Mike Barker’s 2022 mystery-thriller is titled “Luckiest Girl Alive.” Mila Kunis, Finn Wittrock, Scoot McNairy, Thomas Barbusca, Jennifer Beals, and Connie Britton are the movie’s leading ladies. Luckiest Girl Alive first debuted in select theatres on September 30, 2022, before being made available on Netflix for streaming on October 7.

In Luckiest Girl Alive, a magazine journalist’s journey to the top of the publishing world is chronicled. As mentioned above, this is based on Jessica Knoll’s New York Times bestselling book. The more Tifani’s personal life becomes problematic, the more she concentrates on her relentless drive to the top. In a documentary being shot about a horrible event in her (Ani Tifani) life, fans are most eager to hear her speak up.

Cast and Characters in Luckiest Girl Alive

  • TifAni “Ani” Fanelli played by Mila Kunis.

Milena Markovna Kunis aka Mila Kunis, is a well-known American actress who was born on August 14th, 1983. At the age of 14, she debuted as Jackie Burkhart on the Fox television program That ’70s Show from 1998 to 2006. Kunis has provided the voice of Meg Griffin on Fox’s animated sitcom Family Guy since 1999.

Kunis as the main protagonist in Luckiest Girl Alive
  • Young TifAni “Ani” Fanelli is portrayed by Chiara Aurelia.

Born in 2002, Chiara Aurelia de Braconier d’Alphen, is an American actress. She made her acting debut as a child in the movies Back Roads and Gerald’s Game. In the Freeform adolescent drama series Cruel Summer, she plays Jeanette Turner.

Chiara Aurelia as Young TifAni

A self-hating magazine writer named Ani (Mila Kunis) has acquired a trifecta of status symbols to become the “Luckiest Girl Alive,” a title this dramedy shellacs with sarcasm. Until she has run-ins with her mother (Connie Britton), a former instructor (Scoot McNairy), and a documentary filmmaker (Dalmar Abuzeid), Ani wears success like a protective vest.

  • Luke Harrison, played by Finn Wittrock.

Born on October 28th, 1984, Peter “Finn” Wittrock Jr. is an American actor and screenwriter. After a series of cameo appearances, Finn got his start in the television industry. Through the movie Halloweentown High (2004), Finn made his screen debut, and then he made a comeback in the movie Twelve (2010).

He also starred in an Off-Broadway play The Illusion in 2011, he started his acting career with his debut as Happy Loman in Arthur Miller’s play Death of a Salesman on Broadway in 2012.

Ani’s fiancé Luke portrayed by Finn Wittrock
  • Scoot McNairy plays Andrew Larson.

John Marcus “Scoot” McNairy, an American actor and producer, was born on November 11, 1977. Among his many credits is Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Monsters, Argo, Killing Them Softly, 12 Years a Slave, and Killing Them Softly. He appeared on television in the western miniseries Godless on Netflix. As well as the AMC historical drama Halt and Catch Fire, True Detective, and Narcos: Mexico.

Andrew Larson played by Scoot McNairy

Production History

It was revealed in August 2015 that Lionsgate had bought the film rights to Jessica Knoll’s book, The Luckiest Girl Alive, with Reese Witherspoon slated to produce under her Pacific Standard brand.

It was confirmed that Mila Kunis would appear in the film in February 2022, which would be directed by Mike Barker from a story written by Knoll. Netflix would handle distribution, and Lionsgate and Reese Witherspoon were no longer involved.

In July 2021 few more castings were added to the movie with the addition of Finn Wittrock, Scoot McNairy, Chiara Aurelia, Thomas Barbusca, Justine Lupe, Dalmar Abuzied, Alex Barone, Carson MacCormac, Jennifer Beals, Connie Britton. Principal photography, which was headquartered in Toronto, Canada, started in June 2021 and ended in New York City in September 2021.

A perfect picture of Ani before encountering her past again

Evaluation of the Luckiest Girl Alive

Luckiest Girl is the type of dark, engaging, and blatantly ridiculous thriller that Netflix was designed to produce. It’s also a bit of a mess, but a portion of it is probably due to the cramped, gory events of a best-selling book being crammed into less than two hours of screen time.

Nearly every contentious subject was covered in Jessica Knoll’s 2015 book, including gang rape, disordered eating, and a fatal school shooting. It has been transformed into a scathing melodrama here by Knoll and filmmaker Mike Barker (The Handmaid’s Tale, Fargo), starring Mila Kunis as Ani Fanelli, a woman resolutely living her best Manhattan life.

Her charming, wealthy fiancé, her Tribeca condo, her glamorous media profession, and her toned Pilates figure are all things she can’t live without.

Ani’s Trauma

She’s always angry and still traumatized from her time as a scholarship student at an exclusive prep school known for its Columbine-style slaughter, which a hungry documentary filmmaker (Dalmar Abuzeid) is pressuring her to discuss on camera 15 years later.

Young Ani (Cruel Summer’s Chiara Aurelia), back when she was known as Tifani and the cycle of abuse and acceptance, learned to suffer as an outcast among her privileged friends who weren’t slender or wealthy.

Ani TifAni feeling like a Controlled Doll

This pattern culminated one night in a terrible sexual assault. The film’s overall tone is soapy and slick, with all the outrageous plots and well-known stereotypes of a prime-time network drama, but without an FCC to regulate its content. Ani, now an adult, struggles with what to say in this situation because she fears coming out would somehow jeopardize her future in high society, especially because one of her assailants has gained some level of celebrity. The endearingly illiterate Luke queries why they talk about “the thing that happened to her so long ago, that is, in High School.”

Plus, points and story development

Establishing Ani as an unreliable narrator is the first and most intriguing decision that Luckiest Girl Alive takes. One of Ani’s professors states this clearly in a flashback, and Ani’s voiceover frequently contradicts much of what she does and says onscreen. This decision completely reinforces for us viewers the idea that you can’t believe this protagonist, and the movie’s finale rests on this assumption.

Without giving away any surprises, it suffices to say that the movie’s flashbacks upend all you thought you knew about the character. For bittersweet measures, we got to know what it’s like to be in her shoes (about her feelings). The movie plays with our notions of innocence and forgiving others by presenting its worst character as an obvious victim. The line that Ani says fiercely in a strong moment that she, too, is a victim hits home because we lose that subtlety far too often. We are so quick to slap men in cases of harassment.

Luke being inconsiderate of Ani’s Feelings

Then it becomes ominous. Since it’s not too unrealistic to envision how ready societies may be to embrace a girl or woman’s “bad” reputation in the present world, Luckiest Girl Alive is sadly not all that different from genuine stories. And other women are frequently required to create picture-perfect lifestyles before people even consider listening to their opinions to shift the scales a little bit in their favor.

The Luckiest Girl Alive Review

On the surface, a well-known protagonist, a popular book, and a contentious topic seem like the types of ingredients that pay off for Netflix, and the movie still may. Despite the title’s comedic intent, “Luckiest Girl Alive” falls short of expectations.

A scene from the past of Tifani

However, the mesmerizing nature of Mila Kunis’ performance keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout. You never know what she will do or say, but as the narrative starts to come together, the fundamentals of her behavior become evident. Then you completely identify with her and understand her character better. If you don’t feel just as enraged as Ani after finishing Luckiest Girl Alive, you didn’t see it properly.

Impressive Narration

The brutality of Mike Barker’s films is appropriate. In the end, the movie is a series of unexpected gut punches that you never see coming. Barker forces us to see it, and it doesn’t come across as arbitrary or just shocking. The point that Luckiest Girl Alive makes is so crucial that it demands to be emphasized repeatedly.

Ani encountered her past traumas again and again

It shocks and impresses from a narrative perspective since it doesn’t concern characters who are either flawless or defective, from its main leads to the supporting cast and characters. Because it advances the story in certain cases and others, that’s how life is.

The Netflix film runs with this assertion for the entirety of its duration, surprising you at every step with inventive choices. True, they’re not always the most enjoyable choices to watch. But this film’s brutal determination to reach its destination is one of its best features.

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