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Old 03-31-21, 08:18 AM
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Zola (2021, D: Bravo) S: Taylour Paige, Riley Keough



RELEASE DATE
Jun 30, 2021

DIRECTED BY
Janicza Bravo

WRITTEN BY
Janicza Bravo
Jeremy O. Harris

STARRING
Taylour Paige
Riley Keough
Nicholas Braun
Ari'el Stachel
and Colman Domingo

SYNOPSIS
"Y’all wanna hear a story about why me & this bitch here fell out? It’s kind of long but full of suspense.”

Thus began the odyssey of one A’Ziah King, aka ZOLA. From acclaimed writer/director Janicza Bravo, Zola's stranger than fiction saga, which she first told in a now iconic series of viral, uproarious tweets, comes to dazzling cinematic life.

Zola (newcomer Taylour Paige), a Detroit waitress, strikes up a new friendship with a customer, Stefani (Riley Keough), who seduces her to join a weekend of dancing and partying in Florida. What at first seems like a glamorous trip full of “hoeism” rapidly transforms into a 48-hour journey involving a nameless pimp, an idiot boyfriend, some Tampa gangsters and other unexpected adventures in this wild, see-it-to-believe-it tale.
Here is a Rolling Stone article about the real incident:
Zola Tells All: The Real Story Behind the Greatest Stripper Saga Ever Tweeted
An exclusive account of how Aziah “Zola” Wells’ road trip to Florida with an exotic dancer, a boyfriend and a pimp went south
https://www.rollingstone.com/feature...ted-73048/amp/
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Re: Zola (2021, D: Bravo) S: Taylour Paige, Riley Keough

It looks like A24 is back to giving their films wide releases in partnership to AMCs. All my local ones will get this and tickets are already on sale, starting with early showings on Tuesday the 29th. They did alright opening Midsommar during that holiday week. Those numbers don’t seem likely though of course.

Here are reviews from Sundance: https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/zola

I’m all in on more Riley Keough.
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Re: Zola (2021, D: Bravo) S: Taylour Paige, Riley Keough

This definitely was successful in translating the outlandishness and absurdness off the Twitter thread to film. It felt like Spring Breakers and Sean Baker had a baby. Everyone in it is great.
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Re: Zola (2021, D: Bravo) S: Taylour Paige, Riley Keough

I've seen the trailer for this so many times now (at the cinema) I feel like I've already seen the movie.
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Re: Zola (2021, D: Bravo) S: Taylour Paige, Riley Keough

Riley Keough certainly seems to be trying to play all different sorts of white trash characters.

It was entertaining in moments, but I didn't care about Zola enough for this to really work for me.
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Re: Zola (2021, D: Bravo) S: Taylour Paige, Riley Keough

Profoundly depressing movie. LOL. Empty, nihilist, just a sweaty void. Man, I feel old.
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Riley Keough certainly seems to be trying to play all different sorts of white trash characters.
Elvis wouldn't be amused.
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Elvis wouldn't be amused.
They never met.
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They never met.
I never said they did.
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Re: Zola (2021, D: Bravo) S: Taylour Paige, Riley Keough

I really enjoyed it, but I’m a sucker for road trip movies and this is a hum-dinger. I thought it was really well made and the two leads were a lot of fun. Weird seeing Nick Braun play a character so similar to Cousin Greg that I kept doing a double take — it’s exactly the same guy, I half expected him to split in Orlando to work in the Roystar amusement park. I also liked that it was short. Never felt bloated, I never glanced at my watch.
Nothing deep, but a fun breezy ride.
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Re: Zola (2021, D: Bravo) S: Taylour Paige, Riley Keough

Originally Posted by dex14 View Post
Here is a Rolling Stone article about the real incident:
Zola Tells All: The Real Story Behind the Greatest Stripper Saga Ever Tweeted
An exclusive account of how Aziah “Zola” Wells’ road trip to Florida with an exotic dancer, a boyfriend and a pimp went south
https://www.rollingstone.com/feature...ted-73048/amp/
I mean, what could go wrong?
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"They start fucking, it was gross."
-Movie dialog review of the movie.

Well made flick, it's also one of the most "Florida" movies I've ever seen - it captures the vibe of hot fall days better than most movies. Just the right balance of trashy and trashy.

The Reddit perspective change was great. Ending was a bit annoying.

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This was fun, but ultimately forgettable. I didn’t really care about Zola the character either.

It was cool to see dude from Succession.
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Re: Zola (2021, D: Bravo) S: Taylour Paige, Riley Keough

I was into it but waiting for the big payoff at the end or something that redeemed one or some of the characters and wonder how they got Keough and Braun for this.

The guy who played the pimp was good.

It was entertaining for the 1:25 that it ran though but that repetitive twitter chime was annoying
Spoiler:
I thought maybe Zola or the Keough character would die in the end but never heard about the real story or the tweets it was based on.

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Re: Zola (2021, D: Bravo) S: Taylour Paige, Riley Keough

This streaming anywhere?
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Re: Zola (2021, D: Bravo) S: Taylour Paige, Riley Keough

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This streaming anywhere?
According to JustWatch, no. It's only a rental.

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