The Andrew Garfield film that caused festival walkouts is available in the UK

An Andrew Garfield film that was said to have caused festival walkouts when it aired is now available in the UK – you can check out the trailer here:

Main stream is a comedy-drama that centers on struggling Hollywood filmmaker Frankie (played by Maya Hawke) who finally finds success after meeting a charismatic – and slightly confusing – stranger named Link (played by Garfield).

A synopsis for the film reads, “In this cautionary tale, three people struggle to maintain their identities as they form an eccentric love triangle in the rapidly changing age of the internet.”

The film is directed by Gia Coppola and takes a satirical look at the online celebrity phenomenon – however, it wasn’t to everyone’s taste and according to the Independent some viewers even left the theater when it aired at the 2020 Venice Film Festival.

The movie wasn’t to everyone’s taste, that’s for sure. Credit: IFC Films

Garfield’s character Link was called “one of the most heinous of all time” in an IndieWire review, where he was also described as “Jim Morrison’s grotesque child of Val Kilmer in The doors and Joaquin Phoenix Joker‘.

Main stream didn’t fare much better in Variety, where the film was described as “a messy, childish squiggle of a movie”, and Garfield’s character as “an unstable young man fooling around with friends in a hole hateful almighty ruthlessly obsessed with escalating Numbers’.

The Times wrote of Link in even less glowing terms, with the reviewer calling him “absolute key” – he continues: “He’s the male equivalent of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl (think Zooey Deschanel in 500 days of summer) and you will especially want to hit it. Ouch.

While the AV Club described Garfield’s character as “Jake Paul via Jared Leto’s Joker”.

Oh and while we’re on the subject of Jake Paul – he makes an appearance, as himself, in the film, alongside fellow YouTuber Patrick Starrr.

Garfield's character, Link, has been referred to as
Garfield’s character, Link, was called “one of the most heinous of all time” in an IndieWire review. Credit: IFC Films

In case the above snippets aren’t clear, it’s fair to say, Main stream didn’t exactly set the world on fire after its 2021 US release.

It has an IMDB rating of just 4.9 and a less than impressive 33% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, despite having a slightly higher Audience Score of 43%.

Alongside Hawkes and Garfield, Mainstream stars Johnny Knoxville and Jason Schwartzman.

If none of the above has put you off and you fancy giving it a watch, it’s available to buy on Prime Video for £7.99.


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