Every school has a variety of different social classes. You have the geeks, nerds, goths, skaters, popular, unpopular, the rich, the poor and the down right weird kids, the list is pretty much never ending. I never knew which social class I was a part of and I probably couldn’t tell you now. I was probably one of the weird kids but ‘weird’ is cool, right?
The Outcasts follows Jodi (Victoria Justice) and Mindy (Eden Sher), best friends and high school geeks, both have never left each other’s side. However, the high school queen bee, Whitney (Claudia Lee) torments them both, gathering the popular social class to humiliate and bully them. Jodi and Mindi become fed up of the torment and ask for peace. Even with Whitney accepting to peace within the school, Jodi falls for a humiliating prank, leading her to become mocked by the whole school. Not in the mood to let Whitney win, Jodi and Mindy gather different social classes, creating a whole new hierarchy, filled with different personalities to defeat the highest of all social classes, lead by Whitney.
American high school’s have been given this persona and stereotype from Hollywood movies and it seems to continue. However, you can tell throughout watching this, that it is a mockery. From the first minute, you can tell it’s something not to take literally. Victoria Justice plays out the stereotype and gives a new meaning to geek. She’s classy in her ways and makes the punchlines humorous, no matter how cringy you may find it. Eden Sher may not have been given the looks with her character but her geekiness is enough to overload any human. She’s so over the top with her geek stereotype character that it makes it so awkwardly funny.
Throughout, the comedy is different to what you would normally presume. The comedy was associated with people of an intelligent nature. The jokes and punchlines were funny but very awkward. You find yourself laughing not because you find a joke about the periodic table funny, but you laugh at the individual character’s personalities. A lot of the jokes did go a miss with me personally, but I did laugh, cringe and pause the film to stop humiliation continuing. The comedy is purposely made this way, you understand that the writers, Dominique Ferrari and Suzanne Wrubel are aiming their comedic talents at a whole new audience. Peter Hutchings has completely understood the meaning of the film and who its aimed at. As much as the film isn’t a masterpiece, the comedy works and the mockery is clearly intended.
Imagine going to going to Comic-Con; you find yourselves in a new friendship group and the people around you are supposedly telling hilarious jokes about Batman, Spiderman and Green Lantern. However, you have no idea what they are talking about because you are not within that social class. That is what it is like watching this film. If you are someone that is a geek on specific topics, then a lot of the jokes may resonate with you. If you are someone that doesn’t think of themselves as a geek, then you can laugh at how awkward the geeks are, it’s a win-win situation.
Personally, I found this an easy enjoyable viewing, nothing special but still something to smile at. Reminded me of films such as Mean Girls and Clueless. The films different edge focusing on the geeks and giving them the power is ingenious and enlightening. Definitely, a film for the children to enjoy over the summer holiday’s as Netflix gives a different perspective on American high school life.