Some of my favorite scenes from Netflix’s Stranger Things are the scenes in which the gang of middle schoolers are just hanging out and being kids. 2018’s Everything Sucks! tries to recreate these scenes with more dating drama and less supernatural hijinks. For the most part, the tale of Boring High School is your typical coming of age story. The characters fit into the conventional character tropes of a coming of age story (nerds, jocks, bullies, etc.), but each has something that makes them feel unique and memorable.
Okay, let’s get some of the bad things out of the way first. There isn’t anything that is too terrible about Everything Sucks! but the flaws are definitely noticeable. One thing that stuck out to me was the dramatic tonal shifts found throughout the shows runtime. For example, one minute Luke and his friends will be talking about girls and using foul language, then, dramatically, the show will switch to a goofy montage that seems like something that belongs in a Disney Channel movie. This isn’t something that completely takes you out of the show, but I’d certainly look out for it.
On to the good things. Everything Sucks! definitely has its moments and was an overall enjoyable experience. The dialogue is, for the most part, well written, making the kids seem like people rather than just clunky characters. The plot of the show is also was something that I enjoyed. Some of the best moments of the show don’t even involve the main characters, but rather their parents. Watching two middle-aged parents try and relive their delinquent childhoods was something that I personally got a kick out of.
Overall, while I don’t see Everything Sucks! as the new Stranger Things, I do think it is an enjoyable watch if you don’t take it too seriously.