I was a little worried about Hulu's recent film release, The Ultimate Playlist of Noise, even before I watched it. The trailer teased a fair amount of young adult entertainment tropes, including that of the sick-teen-in-love, found in films like The Fault in Our Stars (2014) and Five Feet Apart (2019), based on young adult novels written by John Green and Rachael Lippincott with Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis. But it also promised a story with romance, road trips, and rock music. So I thought to myself, how bad could it be?
As it turns out, pretty bad. And while there are many reasons (from...more