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26th Dec 2018

Netflix’s new thriller series is getting compared to Gone Girl and American Psycho

Rory Cashin


The early reviews have gotten us very excited.

A young bookstore manager named Joe (played by Gossip Girl and Easy A’s Penn Badgley) falls in love with a customer named Beck (played by relative newbie Elizabeth Lail).

It seems like a cute enough set-up, except that Joe quickly becomes a little too obsessed with Beck, mostly without her knowledge, and goes about to attempt to improve her life in every way he sees fit… by whatever means necessary.

That is the set-up for You, a dark psychological thriller about a stalker and his victim, and it has proved to be so much of an instant hit that a second season has already been issued.

Before then, critics in the States got their eyes on the show early, and the reviews have been fantastic:

“Creepy, addictive and full of dry humor about social media, millennials, and dating in the age of Tinder.” – Los Angeles Times

“Invoking the best qualities of David Fincher’s Gone Girl and Mary Harron’s adaptation of American Psycho. […] While we’re thoroughly embedded in Joe’s point of view from the beginning, the writing and Badgley’s performance do just enough to ensure that it’s not a comfortable experience, even as we get to know him more and more.” – Indiewire

“Scary and soapy and funny and tense, YOU is a lot like social media itself: perhaps not the most edifying way to spend your time, but very, very hard to quit.” – Entertainment Weekly

“You is a vicious thrill; smart and mean in all the right ways, with a devilish sensibility and a clever, inviting pessimism, like the friend who wants you to sit in the back with her and make jokes.” – The New York Times

This terrifying series that everyone will be talking about is available on Netflix from today.

Check out the trailer below:

Clip via Netflix

LISTEN: You Must Be Jokin’ with Aideen McQueen – Faith healers, Coolock craic and Gigging as Gaeilge