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Been So Long

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Romcom-musical about single mom has sex and language.

Movie NR 2018 100 minutes
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This movie seeks to create a meaningful look at the quest to find love in a complicated world, in this case one of young middle-class London strivers surrounded by crime and drug problems. Coel and Kene are two beautiful, compelling actors who sing and dance well and seem perfectly matched as a couple. Older teens watching may find much to think about in Been So Long's suggestion that had Simone and Raymond slept together upon their first meeting at a bar, the relationship would probably have ended quickly after a one-night stand, leaving both of them feeling awful and regretful. Instead they get to know and respect each other, making their first sexual encounter so much more meaningful and bonding. The movie also portrays an admirable and aspirational world of easy interracial social interaction where blacks and whites mingle at bars, have deep friendships, and fall in love without criticism or stigma.

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