American Vandal is a relatively straight forward pitch: a satirical take on true crime documentaries following a high school senior who is suspended and facing jail time for spray painting 27 dicks onto teachers’ cars and a sophomore/wannabe-documentarian who wants to undercover the truth of who actually did it.
Aside from being genuinely funny, the viewer is also taken into this microcosm of society, where biased and structures work against those who do not play within their expectations and rules. The Netflix show also gives viewers twists, turns, theories, and never ending dick jokes. However, instead of dispensing my take on whodunit (I keep changing my mind with each theory I come across), I want to look at the form itself; the nature of the documentary and how it’s easy to assume the truth is always as it is presented.
(Here’s your warning that spoilers are ahead.)