Zola, a Detroit waitress, is seduced into a weekend of stripping in Florida for some quick cash — but the trip becomes a sleepless 48-hour odyssey involving a nefarious friend, her pimp and her idiot boyfriend.
Zola is a one of a kind road trip movie that puts you inside the darkest trip of your life. If you are not aware of the Twitter thread that inspired Zola seems like a crazy one if it once got the attention of a pre canceled James Franco whom was supposed to Star produce and direct Zola, I am so glad that didn’t happen. As great and bonkers Spring Breakers is I believe with Franco it would not have been as grounded as this version of Zola was.
Riley Keough transforms into her character Stefani so much you really want to yell at her and tell her to grow up. Stefani is the reason your parents don’t want you taking road trips with your friends. Taylour Paige as Zola absolutely crushes it and steals the show from everyone involved.
Nicholas Braun plays the absolute puppy dog of Stefani Derrek and he will remind of a friend zoned fake boyfriend of one of your best friends that would never leave her alone. Coleman Domingo as X is perfectly cast as Stefani’s pimp in a villainous role that I assume James Franco was going for in his version of Zola.
Zola is another home run from A24 it is not necessarily a horror film so some genre fans that despise the art house vibe from A24 may have a better time with Zola. Overall it’s a unique experience that should be shared with a huge crowd.
Overall grade: 5/5 stars
Written By: AJ Friar