Netflix Review: Dude

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Spoilers Ahead:

Dude stars Lucy Hale as she and her three best friends prepare for high school graduation. The film opens with best friends Chloe (Kathryn Prescott from Finding Carter) and Lily (Hale) who are hanging out with Chloe’s brother, Thomas, played by Austin Butler. Butler’s character is killed off pretty early on in a unseen accident and from there, the movie takes shape as it flashes forward one year to the four girls being seniors and getting into college.

The death of Chloe’s brother looms over the movie as Lily can’t seem to get over the past. I’m going to admit that I had low expectations going into the movie, but what I like about it is the fact that everything seems very real from the way teens are portrayed to the emotions they experience.

There’s a lot of ugly things about this movie including a very realistic portrayal of rape, an imperfect love interest, and the irrational fighting the girls go through. It’s ugly because it’s all very real and isn’t glorified in any sort of way. The girls struggle to find their place after high school especially Lily who has grown attached to her high school routine.

I’m currently in college about to graduate and I’ve definitely had my “Lily” moments when I grow frustrated holding onto something that is simply meant to be a memory in the past. A lot of my friends graduated last semester, and I felt so similar to Lily in a lot of ways, especially her still coping with the loss of Thomas. Going from one phase in your life to another is scary, but holding onto the past is not the answer, and I think this film really hones in on that.

The other two girls, Rebecca and Amelia, are also fleshed out a bit, but the main focus really sticks to Chloe and Lily. Chloe also has a sweet love interest, and it works because it makes Lily freak out when Chloe endures all these changes at once. Lily’s love interest is also sort of fitting as his indecisiveness and back and forth with Lily makes sense since she is equally confused about the state of her future. Overall, the supporting characters worked for the most part, including Lily’s mom who snaps her back to reality.

Overall, I really like the simplicity of the plot. Some may say it may not even have one, but the characters feel real and authentic, and I found myself relating to a lot of the different aspects of the core four girls. I would recommend this movie for sure. Is it the best movie? No, it’s not, but it is a nice feel good movie and if you’re graduating, then you should watch it for sure.

PLL Fashion from Exes and OMGs

Pretty Little Liars had a ton of fashion, including Aria’s potential wedding dress, so check out the fashion below. Also, here is my weekly review on the episode from last night:https://mytrendingstories.com/article/pretty-little-liars-season-7-episode-8-review-exes-and-omgs/

Club Monaco ‘Rimona Jacket’ – no longer available

I loved how modern this jacket was. The color and sleek zippers worked so well here. And the embellished shirt is so gorgeous. I loved that she paired it so there was just a peek of metal.

Alice + Olivia ‘Sidney Top’ – $330.00

Hanna wore this beautiful top that had an Aztec print on it. I also liked the sheer sleeves. Ashley Benson’s hair has been amazing in this season and her waves look so pretty with this off the shoulder top.

Zara ‘Flowing Shirt with Bib Front Embroidery’ – $49.90

I liked this preppy summery top. This looked like a Spencer top, but I liked that Aria wore these with bright jeans in true Aria fashion. I would wear these with distressed jeans for a more casual look.

Rebecca Minkoff ‘Page Cold Shoulder Sweater’ – $148.00

I really liked how cozy this sweater looked. The cutouts on her sweater matched her ripped jeans, and somehow Troian still makes Spencer have a very preppy vibe.

Rebecca Taylor ‘Sleeveless Dreamweaver V Neck Dress’ – $199.00

Alison wore this girly dress with a simply flowing blazer. I like this blue color on Alison.

Sanctuary ‘Lace Up Blouse’ – $79.00

Emily always wears these criss cross shirts, and I like how flowy and laidback this one feels.

Sherri Hill ‘Spring 2016 Gown’ – not available online

Okay, so Aria hasn’t worn it yet, but it was such a pretty simple dress, and I could see Aria wearing her short hair in an updo or even a headband.

PLL Fashion 7×07

 

There was a won of fashion from the last PLL episode, so here are my thoughts on the fashion. Also, you can check out my review right here: https://mytrendingstories.com/article/pretty-little-liars-season-7-episode-7-review-original-gangsters/

Forever 21 ‘Contemporary Open-Shoulder Top’ – $14.90

I loved this off the shoulder top for Emily. It’s super effortless and I love the choker and loose waves giving an easygoing summer vibe. And this top is super affordable too.

Topshop ‘Embroidered Jacquard Jacket’ – $59.99

This Topshop jacket is super pretty for Aria. I love how architectural this jacket is with its boxy structure.

H&M ‘Merino Wool Sweater’ – no longer available

Yvonne wore a super low key sweater, and I love how casual and cute it is. The sheer front has such a delicate scenery pattern, which I like a lot.

Topshop ‘Striped Hybrid Jumper’ – $80.00

This one piece jumper is very Spencer. It’s classic, simple and Troian always rocks these types of preppy looks.

Zara ‘Patchwork Leather Mini Skirt’ – $69.90

Aria is known for her main staple, which are leather jackets, but she opts for an interesting Zara skirt. I love the patchwork with the different muted colors.

Topshop ‘Gingham Ruffle Shirt’ – $60.00

Hanna surprised me with this textured top. This top has a lot going on with the flowers and the gingham print and the ruffles, but Hanna pairs it with a classic jacket. It made for a fun outfit with a sharp look.

Forever 21 ‘Galaxy Print Athletic Jacket’ – no longer available

So when Emily and Pam were on their run, I noticed how cute this jacket was. It’s sold out, but who knew Forever 21 had such great affordable athletic wear.

Stella McCartney ‘Jeweled Sateen Top’ – $326.00

This jeweled top is super pretty. I love how random the colors and shapes are because the top is so simple. It really works here. Thanks to PLL Closet on Tumblr for the photos and details on the clothing from the episode.

PLL Fashion & 2016 TCA

Here’s my review on last night’s episode: https://mytrendingstories.com/article/pretty-little-liars-review-another-one-bites-the-dust/

Also, check out the fashion from the TCA’s and the sixth episode of the seventh season.

TCA 2016

I thought the entire cast looked amazing at the TCA’s. My favorite was Shay’s because the gold backless dress was just such a showstopper with the simple styling and updo. I also thought Lucy’s was super pretty with her metallic dress, and her summery hair made the look effortless. Ashley also rocked her metallic dress with the interesting rings on the top. Janel and Troian went for more sleek and sophisticated.

Topshop ‘Animal Print Colour Block Jumper’ – $95.00

I am love with this sweater. It embodies Aria’s crazy prints from previous seasons, but it’s worn so simple here. The color combination worked really well too.

Pam & Gela’ Destroyed Holey Stripe Sweater’ – $225.00

Emily looked so pretty in this slouchy sweater. The rips are so edgy and modern.

Zara ‘Slouchy Jeans’ – no longer available

I really liked Hanna’s ripped jean. Her jacket was very sleek, but she made the look more casual and fun with these light washed boyfriend jeans. Also, thanks to PLL Closet on Tumblr for the photos and for the details on the clothing from the show.

 

Favorite Looks from People’s Choice

Here were my five favorite looks from the People’s Choice Award. Let me know which one was your favorite in the comment section.

Kate Hudson
I love Kate Hudson’s pantsuit! I’m a huge fan of them especially with award season coming up. The white minimalist vibe is working so well here. 
Meghan Trainor
I love the fit of this dress of Meghan Trainor. It’s fun and flirty for an event like People’s Choice. 
Priyanka Chopra
This Vera Wang Collection dress was amazing. It was one of my favorites because it was a huge risk, but it paid off. It’s hard to mix silver and gold especially with sequins as big as they were. I thought it stood out the most and she let the dress shine with simple styling and silver heels.
Lucy Hale
This was another risk that paid off. In a very Aria look, Lucy Hale wore a boho dress with sheer panels. This dress is gorgeous, but it’s the type of dress that has to be styled perfectly, and she did. I loved the braided updo and dark lipstick. 
Shay Mitchell
Shay always wears sleek modern looks, but I loved the twist on a slit with the gold added. I also love her hair slicked back. 

 

 

Style Icon: Lucy Hale

I love Pretty Little Liars, and think all the leads are fabulous. Lucy Hale is so pretty, and I love a lot of her red carpet looks. On the show, her character’s style is edgy and crazy whereas Lucy’s style is more fun and flirty. Here are some of my favorite looks.

http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Lucy+Hale/Cosmopolitan+Fun+Fearless+Men+Women+2012/I5XbWVEyT53
http://www.glamour.com/fashion/blogs/dressed/2014/11/cma-awards-red-carpet-2014
http://trend911.com/2014/09/16/flower-power-celebrities-are-loving-florals/
http://www.stylebistro.com/lookbook/Lucy+Hale/_6k1Z7fMcz8/Clothes
http://www.aceshowbiz.com/events/Lucy%20Hale/lucy-hale-2011-teen-choice-awards-03.html
http://www.stylebistro.com/Lucy+Hale/lookbooks
Lucy Hale Fishtail Dress
http://www.stylebistro.com/lookbook/Lucy+Hale/hVzdPgoTmdz
http://www.italiansubs.net/forum/pretty-little-liars/news-no-spoiler-pretty-little-liars/225/
http://www.igre123.com/forum/tema/kera-je-lepse-oblecena/78685/
http://www.stylebistro.com/lookbook/Lucy+Hale/6Gpo8S1ke0X/Clothes