Time to die... for the lulz
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>There is an urban legend that if you are in a video chat with someone, and you type “I did it for the lulz” three times, Smiley will appear and kill the person you sent the message to. Have you gone and closed your browser yet? No? Well, there’s more! Ashley (Caitlin Gerard), who just moved into college, witnesses a killing that a few party-goers pull on someone in a version of Chat Roulette. She gets nervous and tells herself that it is not real, but curiosity overtakes her and she tries it out with her roommate. Well, wouldn’t you know that they go and kill some innocent person. Ashley then spends the majority of the film trying to wash the guilt away like Lady Macbeth but in the end, you can’t escape Smiley (or boredom).
>So, there is a lot wrong with Smiley in more ways than just the premise. The actual idea of the film could have been pulled off if it was self-referential or fully absurd, but it’s not. Smiley believes in itself and takes its material seriously. The first party that Ashley goes to with her roommate is a collection of 4chan users. These people are all good-looking and self-proclaimed trolls. First off, 4chan users would not “meet up” and I guarantee that they would not look like the kids there. They would not “LULZ” at every corner and their definition of 4chan sounds like something a little kid would say. At one point, the “leader” of the “trolls” says, “You don’t become the king of internet trolls without making a few enemies.”