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How can you be anti-mainstream when you're an influencer? Gia Coppola's new movie takes on YouTuber culture.

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While 'Mainstream' definitely takes on a satirical bent — how do you stay anti-mainstream when you are the influencer?

How can you be anti-mainstream when you're an influencer? Gia Coppola's new movie takes on YouTuber culture.

Garfield plays Link, a charismatic bum who becomes a chaotic YouTube messiah after beingdiscovered by Maya Hawke's Frankie. A bartender searching for beauty and meaning in the small life moments people tend to overlook, she's immediately drawn to Link, the kind of guy who shows up at your job in costume and gets you fired, but sounds smart doing it. He quickly becomes Frankie's muse, and after one of their videos suddenly goes viral, they — along with her friend and co-worker Jake (Nat Wolff) — find themselves to be overnight celebrities. Of course, nothing good on the internet can stay that way, and the three soon get picked up by a sleazy manager (Jason Schwartzman), and catch the eye of corporate powers who turn their anti-mainstream message into a machine. Its name? No One Special. The revolution will not be televised — but you will watch it on YouTube.

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AdvertisementSoon enough, Link, Franky and Jake find themselves swept up in a whirlwind of fame, glitter, and greed — not to mention a love triangle. Can they control the monster that they've created? Read more: Refinery29 »

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