If you were on the internet in 2015, you were probably as captivated as the rest of the world by a viral Twitter thread made by Aziah “Zola” Wells about her falling out with an ex-friend “Jessica,” which spanned 148 tweets and captured the attention of millions.
So it’s no surprise that the wild story that unfolded in real-time on Twitter, engaging, entertaining, and outraging people as it went along, was adapted into a feature film that was just released called @zola.
Just like the Twitter thread, Zola, starring Taylour Paige and Riley Keough, tells the story of a waitress who gets caught up in a weekend of partying in Florida that turns into a wild, two-day adventure that would seem fake if you didn’t already know it was true.
Critics are loving the film, with Rolling Stone saying it “capitalizes not only on the viral nature of the original story but on the flashpoint of our specific tweet and app-addled, gig economized, bats**t moment.”
If you’re not yet convinced you want to watch it, you should know that the film is being distributed by A24, the company behind massive indie hits like Eighth Grade, Midsommar, The Farewell, Moonlight, and Lady Bird.