JAWLINE (2019)

(Hulu) Liza Mandelup’s debut documentary about wanna-be influencer Austyn Tester has been stuck in my mind since I saw it last year. Austen is the very definition of a pretty, unthreatening teen boy who is so earnest and straight-forward, but simply doesn’t have the skills to play the influencer game. Watching Mandelup capture his attempt in real-time is depressing but encapsulates what many folks — not just teens — are chasing: the need for social capital to further yourself.