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Blindspotting

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Smart, thoughtful dramedy explores race and violence.

Movie R 2018 95 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 15+

Blindspotting is the kind of film that provokes hours of conversation. Only masterpieces and memorably terrible movies do that, and this film is the former.
age 17+

Blindspotting

Blindspotting tells the audience a great story about empathy and prejudice. I would say it is a must watch. I am rating is 17+, but believe that anyone 14+ with adult supervision could learn a lesson from this film. This is a film that America needed and helps further discussions on racial issues facing our country. Word of Caution. Strong Language and some violence that might disturb younger viewers.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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This indie dramedy could have been a hard-knock urban story, but instead it's funny and insightful, with heartfelt characters, and it's astute enough to explore many sides of the issues at hand. Co-written by its two stars, Blindspotting is constantly surprising, using its plot mechanisms -- the shooting, the introduction of the gun, and even a box of curling irons -- to open up further discussion, rather than trudging down familiar paths toward violence or conflict. Destruction -- or self-destruction -- isn't the only/inevitable ending here; things are discussed and reasoned.

Directed by Carlos López Estrada, making his feature debut, Blindspotting is also very funny for a long time, although, as with so many comedies, the laughs tend to dry out as the story threads are wrapped up. But it's so good for so long that that's easily forgiven. Diggs, a Tony winner for Hamilton, has a warm screen presence, even though his character is somewhat passive, given his parole-related storyline. Casal is the surprise, turning his explosive, troublemaking character into a genuinely thoughtful one. And as in Sorry to Bother You, the city of Oakland is used as a fascinating locale, full of personality and inner conflict. Overall, this is a bracing achievement, a movie worth seeking out.

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