Reality Queen is not the kind of movie I normally watch. I don’t keep up with Kardashians, and people like Paris don’t entice me. But…I admit a sneaking curiosity to the idea of this weird popularity contest. Why do fans follow these awful people on social media? Do we all secretly want to be entitled princesses? It can’t be a lifestyle choice to aspire to, yearning to use a private plane to fly 20 miles, or buy people to be nice to you.
Reality Queen, the Mockumentary
So, Reality Queen (by Octane Pictures) is an amusing mockumentary about a Paris Hilton-esque heiress. In this film, London Logo (newcomer Julia Faye West) is the girl in question, picking up mid-interview by a British journalist who is rightly affronted by London’s lack of class…yet also being judgmental and snooty about it all. In the end, the reporter doesn’t come across as any better than London. In a world where everyone uses each other to get Likes and Follows, anything’s fair game.
But ultimately, here’s a good question at play: is London stupid and spoiled, or is she smart (and spoiled)?
That’s kind of the hidden premise of this film. Crazy sexpot London might be a ditzy blonde with a heart of stone, or a REALLY savvy brand marketer making hay while the sun shines.
Reality Queen explores a few days in the life of a social media celebrity with no discernible skills but the ability to carry off a bikini. Is London a real person inside? The mockumentary is clever enough to let us decide on our own.
Available on streaming and a few select theater showings, Reality Queen is a pleasant couple of hours, where we get to ask ourselves a big question: are our lives so dull that we have to worship fake divas? Or do we deserve being hoodwinked by someone who believes a $50,000 gerbil is a miniature chihuahua?
Reality Queen is an amusing, satiric look behind the scenes at a reality princess and her shaky sphere of influence. Denise Richards and Mike Tyson even make appearances. This is worth a view if you’ve ever wondered why in holy hell Reality TV shapes our current world. I think this film hits the target it sets for itself, landing squarely in the B range. Recommended for home viewing.
Movie Grade: B-
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