Sophia Lillis stars as Sydney Novak, a character who comes off as a distant cousin of Stephen King’s Carrie in I Am Not Okay With This, a seven-episode series on Netflix.
Sydney is going through some growing pains at her high school—most notably the newly discovered ability to physically wreck things with her mind when she gets a little too worked up. As she tries to figure out who she likes best in her class, she also tries to figure out what’s going on with the superpowers that seem to be emerging from within. Once she gets that all explained, she can then concentrate on the big dance.
Lillis is her typical good self as Sydney, while Wyatt Oleff is hilarious as the geeky, pot-smoking Stanley, who has eyes for Sydney—but not to the extent where it will keep him being a good friend. Instead, the two work together to figure out Sydney’s superpowers, and whether or not it’s a good idea for them to go on dates.
Co-developed by Jonathan Entwistle (The End of the Fucking World) and Christy Hall, the show is nothing groundbreaking, but it’s a good showcase for the leads.
I Am Not Okay With This is now streaming on Netflix.