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Friended To Death (2014)

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FRIENDED TO DEATH charts the extremes to which a desperate Facebook junkie will go in order to figure out who his true friends are. Laced with satire, this tongue-in-cheek bro-mantic comedy tells the story of obnoxious Los Angeles parking enforcement officer Michael Harris (Hansen). After being fired from his dream job and ditched by his best friend (McGowan), Michael begins to question whether anyone would care if he died. So with the help of his pushover ex-coworker Emile (Immekus), Michael does what any social media-obsessed loner would do: He fakes his death online to see who will show up at his funeral. In just hours, Michael's fake death post attracts a promising 22 'Likes.' Giddy and eager to milk the prank, Michael convinces Emile to help him stage a faux memorial service. But as plans start taking shape, Michael's reality gradually implodes, forcing him to reconsider what it means to be a "friend" in today's hyper-connected world of social media. (c) GreenStep
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R (for language including some crude sexual references)
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Comedy
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Cast

Ryan Hansen
as Michael Harris
Angela Bullock
as Charlotte Lewis
Sarah Smick
as Sylvie / Rhune Muhleif
Joseph Barone
as Hipster
James Immekus
as Emile Lewis
Robert Shafer
as Chuck Henson
Robert Ray Shafer
as Chuck Henson
Joanna Sanchez
as Rosalita
Bo Youngblood
as Hipster Girlfriend
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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (5)

An overly broad and silly package whose one-joke, sitcom-like premise strains to fill feature length.

Full Review… | May 1, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Movies have struggled to make social media cinematic, but judging from "Friended to Death," the revolution can wait.

Full Review… | May 1, 2014
New York Times
Top Critic

The story's message may not be the most original one in the world - put down your device and make eye contact - but it's fun to watch it unfold in a world that, while far from realistic, feels real enough.

Full Review… | May 1, 2014
Washington Post
Top Critic

"Friended to Death" makes a labored point - that the Internet endangers actual intimacy - through a series of poorly conceived, rarely funny gags.

Full Review… | May 1, 2014
New York Daily News
Top Critic

You can sense the director, Sarah Smick, gearing up to make a point. It proves rather obvious: Real connections are meaningful and too much Facebook is bad.

Full Review… | April 29, 2014
Village Voice
Top Critic

...a sly, yet extremely energetic wink at the dark side of our increasingly intrusive social media state of dependency...

Full Review… | May 30, 2014
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Audience Reviews for Friended To Death

Friended To Death is a witty film with fun, over the top characters whose antics are both hysterical and heartbreaking .The film illustrates just how far a social media addict might go to find out who his real friends are. After getting fired and losing his best friend, Michael Harris, a detestable parking enforcement officer played by Ryan Hansen, decides to find out if anyone would care if he died. So, being the social media addict he is, Michael fakes his own death on Facebook to his see who will care enough to come to his funeral. As Michael's hoax spirals out of control, he begins to realize that connections made online can never compare to the true relationships found in real life. In this funny, zany film, while we laugh at the wild antics, we'll see a little bit of ourselves. The actors did an amazing job of bringing life to this "sign of our times" story. Congratulations to the filmmakers for giving voice to the profound role social media plays in our lives! I highly recommend this totally enjoyable film!

Shelley Soulema
Shelley Soulema

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