The Quarantine Stream: ‘Extracurricular’ is a Dark and Hyperviolent ‘Risky Business’ for the Rideshare Era
Posted on Tuesday, June 16th, 2020 by Hoai-Tran Bui
(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Show: Extracurricular
Where You Can Stream It: Netflix
The Pitch: A poor but intelligent high school student (Kim Dong-hee from Itaewon Class) creates an app for prostitution services to try to escape his dead-end life. But when he’s caught by a fellow classmate (Park Joo-hyun) who blackmails him into making her a partner, things quickly get out of hand, and the pair of them find themselves caught in a web involving local gangs and a police investigation.
Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: If Risky Business dropped its ’80s comedy antics and became a gritty crime drama that actually leaned into the consequences of teen prostitution — with a healthy heaping of Korean cinema ultraviolence — you’d get Extracurricular. It’s hard for a lot of people to get into K-dramas, but Extracurricular is the best gateway series for those who have a liking for dark, hyperviolent Korean cinema that I’ve seen by far. It’s electric and current, with a dash of the social conscience that turned Parasite into the most relevant film of last year.