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Ali & Ratu Ratu Queens

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Teen seeks mom who left him behind; some language.

Movie NR 2021 100 minutes
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The pluck and perseverance of young Ali is admirable, sometimes more admirable than the movie itself. When Ali &Ratu Ratu Queens concerns itself with the meaning of close relationships and the importance of creating family, moving moments help us dismiss and forgive some cliché boiler plate characterizations. A montage of the fun-loving women who take Ali in shows him being enveloped in their warmth. He even describes them as welcoming without judgment, but they're anything but non-judgmental when they meet Mia, Ali's conflicted mother.

Ali's willingness to open himself to the quirky foursome living in the spacious Queens apartment is testament to the best and most generous instincts in people, but there's little to no character development of any of the "aunties" who take him in. One is goofy, another is grumpy, another is spiritual, and another is always upbeat, but we get nothing more and it subtracts from what might otherwise have been a more affecting experience. Aurora Ribero as Eva, daughter of one of the aunties and Ali's love interest, has a lovely singing voice.

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