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By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Excellent coming-of-age drama; alcoholism, cursing.

Movie NR 2019 96 minutes
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There's a self-assuredness to this film that's refreshing. While set in 1990s Bronx, Angelfish doesn't beat you over the head with '90s reference and nostalgia. While the story of a budding romance between a white boy and Puerto Rican girl, the movie avoids the heavy-handedness of exaggerating these differences, allowing the story and the characters to grow organically. What ultimately emerges is that it isn't necessarily the story of a relationship between "opposites," but really the story of two characters trying to stand on their own two feet in spite of the demands and responsibilities circumstances have placed upon them.

The writing in the movie is excellent -- not only in dialogue that comes off as believable, but also in how the depth and stories of the main and secondary characters come through. The acting conveys a range of moods and subtleties, a study in working-class characters trying, succeeding, or failing at keeping their lives together. The directing, acting, and dialogue all combine to create a beautiful movie that manages to avoid so many of the cliches of period pieces, coming-of-age movies, and the ups and downs of a budding relationship between opposites.

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