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Darby And The Dead

When Darby Harper was seven, she and her mother were swept by a wave that drowned them. Darby was brought back to life, but her mother perished. Since then, Darby gained the ability to see and communicate with the dead. She started a side business to help "Deados" move on to the afterlife by helping them take care of things they could not do while alive. This has caused her to become distant from everyone at school, including her former friend Capricorn "Capri" Donahue, the popular cheerleader. Darby's only true friend is the school's former janitor Gary, a "Stayer" who is waiting for his wife Linda to pass on so that he can move on too.

Darby and the Dead


Darby meets new student Alex who is the school's mascot and is drawn to her, despite her attempts to dissuade him. She also comes into conflict with Capri over her boyfriend James who, contrary to her, is kind and considerate. While using a hair straightener in the bathroom, Capri electrifies herself and dies. Darby is immediately visited by her and comes to grips with the fact that she is dead and needs to pass on. She also discovers that she can psychically control things with her mind. Capri constantly pesters Darby before deciding that her goal before moving on is to throw her seventeenth birthday party. Darby reluctantly agrees with Capri training her to think and act like her and her friends. After regaining her cheerleading abilities from her childhood, Darby manages to get in with Capri's friends, though she is told to stay away from Alex due to him being the mascot.

Parents need to know that Darby and the Dead is a high school-set story about a young woman (Riele Down) who can see dead people. The story involves death and grieving. The main character has a near-death accident that kills her mother, and a school nemesis accidentally electrocutes herself and dies on school premises. High schoolers tease and bully each other, but the main lesson is that popularity, appearances, and cliques matter less than kindness, being true to yourself, and maintaining real relationships. Teens kiss and flirt. There's discussion of which emojis represent "penises," "vaginas," and "butts." Language includes "s--t," "bulls--t," "ass," "damn," "goddamnit," "hell," "bitch," "sucks," stand-ins for "f--k," and mild insults. Teens drink at a party, and there's a drug reference. The film's main characters are Black, native Hawaiian, Chinese, and White. One cheerleader is transgender, as is the film's director.

In DARBY AND THE DEAD, high schooler Darby (Riele Downs) is able to see dead people after surviving a near-death accident in childhood that killed her mother (Kim Syster) and left her living alone with her grieving father (Derek Luke). Darby parlays her unique skill into a small business helping dead people stuck in limbo convey messages to loved ones and move on to the afterworld. But her abilities also make her a social outcast. She spends her lunch hour at school playing chess with a dead janitor (Tony Danza), and she has no friends. When a freak accident kills Capri (Auli'I Cravalho), a former friend of Darby's and the most popular girl at school, she pushes Darby into helping her with a formidable send-off. The help will also mean Capri must transform Darby into a version of herself -- a popular, stylish cheerleader. The process brings Darby and Capri close again and prompts the two to learn about themselves and each other.

For example, Capri coaches Darby not just on looking and acting the part of high school queen bee but also marketing the brand on social media. She praises her for "becoming a real person" when she gains more than 700 followers on Instagram and admonishes her for posting a "bikini selfie" without photoshopping or Facetuning it first. We're meant to understand both the silliness of this worldview and its basis in reality, which is a subtle moral message that this film, and so many others, fails to successfully land. Viewers may also feel they've seen it all before, from the haughty high schooler who breaks the fourth wall (Honor Society), to the popularity-provoking glow-up (He's All That, Do Revenge), to the dead-before-their-time storyline (Afterlife of the Party, The In Between).

Darby (Riele Downs) sees dead people. After a rogue wave killed her mother and almost killed her, Darby acquired the ability to communicate with the dead. Now she spends her Friday nights helping those who have passed on complete their unfinished business before moving into the afterlife.

After suffering a near-death experience as a young girl, Darby Harper (Downs) gains the ability to see dead people. As a result, she becomes introverted and shut off from her high school peers and prefers to spend time counseling lonely spirits who have unfinished business on earth.

Darby and the Dead is, in theory, a fun mashup of a high school comedy and an "I see dead people" supernatural tale. Unfortunately, it barely has any original ideas of its own so the tired high school tropes and lazy supernatural bits result in a super generic comedy.

The flick is about Darby, a high school girl who can see dead people. She spends her days helping them move on... and not having a life of her own. But when a popular cheerleader dies, she won't leave Darby alone. Someone is in desperate need of a teen movie glow-up.

In Darby and the Dead, after suffering a near-death experience as a young girl, Darby Harper (Riele Downs) gains the ability to see dead people and spends her time counselling lonely spirits. When Capri (Auliʻi Cravalho), the Queen Bee of the school's most exclusive clique, dies in a freak hair straightening accident, her upcoming "Sweet 17" is (obviously) cancelled.

After Darby loses her mother, she retreats from the world of the living and finds solace with the dead. She even pushes away her father, who is concerned for her solitary life and well-being. Darby keeps busy running a home office for ghosts with unfinished business. They come to her for help with things such as leaving messages for loved ones left behind, so that these lost souls can finally move on. 041b061a72


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