Still everything and more.
There are two reasons that Craig Zobel could have decided to make Compliance, both equally wrongheaded:
1) Zobel simply wanted to expose this case (and, by extension, the others like it) to the world, without any sort of greater message. While I don't buy this as the filmmaker's motivation for a second, some people have argued such, so I'll address it...
Put simply: text-based reporting, as had already been done extensively in this case (meaning, no further examination was really…
The ending is a sentimental cop-out, but that writer/director Sean Baker is able to craft a mostly believable friendship between an 85-year-old widow and a 21-year-old porn star is enough of a feat for one movie.
"Starlet" is probably the most realistic fictional portrait of the modern porn industry yet; you never once question the authenticity of lead Dree Hemingway (Mariel's daughter, destined for greatness, hopefully with Woody) and supporter Stella Maeve as people in this line of work.