Jawline poignantly explores the price of social media stardom
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In the middle of the documentary Jawline, 16-year-old nano-celebrity Austyn Tester organizes a fan meetup in a mall food court. A gaggle of teen and tween girls show up, and he soaks up their rapturous affection, offering compliments, hugs, and photos. Then, the group walks the mall together in a strange parody of a first date: Austyn in front, the girls trailing behind him, phone cameras aloft.
The moment is awkward but oddly winning, which is a sentiment that could apply to much of Jawline. Jawline is a nuanced exploration of digital celebrity and the gap…