Here’s your weekly German media recommendation from Monoglot Anxiety. This time, it’s the series How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast).
One of the many Netflix original series to come out of Germany, How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast) tells the story of a nerdy high school boy’s attempt to win back his partier ex-girlfriend by selling ecstasy on the internet – and ultimately growing his enterprise into Europe’s largest online marketplace for illegal drugs. It’s a heartwarming and often hilarious show that falls somewhere between drama and comedy. And interestingly, the series loosely follows the real-life story of the then-18 year old Maximillian S., who sold drugs online between 2013 and 2015 from his Leipzig bedroom (and was ultimately sentenced to 5 years in prison).
You can watch How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast) on Netflix.
One of the things I love about How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast) is its frequent and clever integration of social media into the visuals of the show. When a character gets a text, you often see the screen pop up in front of your eyes, and can watch as the answer is typed out. Emojis fly everywhere, alerts ping – in countless ways, the audio and visual environment of the show echos the online world. It’s one of the best portrayals of the highly digital lives of Gen-Zers that I’ve ever seen, and it’s a blast to watch.
That’s it for this week!
Elise from Monoglot Anxiety