If you’re reading this, it’s safe to say you’re probably a little bit obsessed with true crime.
You binged your way through Serial before moving onto Making A Murderer and The Keepers. You’re the one who always brings up Amanda Knox at the watercooler, and you’re pretty sure you know who really killed Hae Min Lee.
You probably also know that you’re a little bit ridiculous. It’s OK, we all are.
Our obsession with all things true crime and unsolved mysteries has turned us into weird little armchair detectives who would prefer to hide in our homes, wasting away hours chasing internet rabbit holes about an unsolved murder from 1971, rather than actually going out and talking to people from 2017.
That’s why Netflix’s new true crime parody, American Vandal, is so bloody brilliant.
It perfectly parodies the break out hits from the true crime genre and our almost laughable obsession with them. It’s also a great example of Netflix making fun of themselves and their tendency to give us exactly what we want, whether it’s good for us or not.
American Vandal is a mockumentary that tells the story of Dylan Maxwell, a high school senior who’s been accused of spray painting 27 penises on the cars in the teacher’s carpark and on the surrounding buildings at his school.
Yep, this a dickumentary, a dicksigation, a true crime dick?
Once you get past the penises - and there's a lot of them - you start to see how elements of your favourite true crime stories are cleverly weaved into the narrative.