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Everything Sucks! is a refreshing and positive look at high school life. It's not what the era of Peak TV has been drawn to of late, but it's what we need for our hearts and our minds to survive the day-to-day turmoil of life.
Yes, this is another sentimental coming-of-age comedy-drama but it's one that does become quite involving and affecting, thanks in large part to an achingly vulnerable performance by Canadian youngster Peyton Kennedy.
However awkward the constant flood of time-worn memes and outdated lingo may seem in the moment, the faux-nostalgic eventually blurs into a constant undercurrent and highlights poignant moments by its absence.
It doesn't have the stickiness, energy and obsession-making bite Stranger Things did. Everything Sucks is just kind of pleasant. It's got the beginnings of something great, which will hopefully emerge down the track if it gets a second season.
When the latter half of the season eases up on the '90s nostalgia onslaught to follow a group of misfits banding together to make a sci-fi B movie, it becomes far more focused and fun almost immediately.
What does work is awesome...The portrayal, basically, is of a Darwinian mosh pit, into which young people with little in common besides puberty have to learn to surf or crash. Or else be eaten, figuratively, by other members of their species.
In a debut season that eventually frames itself within the shaky alliance between the dweebs of Boring High's A.V. club and the self-styled outsiders of the drama club, there's a lot to Everything Sucks! that never gels.