Parents' Guide to

Juanita

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Alfre Woodard saves formulaic tale; cursing, drinking.

Movie NR 2019 90 minutes
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age 17+

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I Loved It!

This movie is about soul searching and finding self worth. It speaks to the need to refresh and replenish your soul. It’s a journey of discovery. And I loved it.

Is It Any Good?

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Clark Johnson directs some unique characters, romantic fantasy sequences, and a quirky musical number, but only the magic of Alfre Woodard makes this otherwise thin story come alive. Referring to herself as a "ghetto cliché" (though her wardrobe and home decor belie that description), Woodard's Juanita is spicy, direct, and insightful in a knockout performance that's both easygoing and intense at the same time. In the early scenes, Juanita speaks directly to the audience and quickly establishes a breezy rapport. But that narration gets lost as the story moves forward, and it's missed.

Also on the downside, there are so many characters -- her Columbus family and good friend, the Paper Moon folks, and local Native Americans -- that there's simply not enough time to develop them, particularly the man she falls for. And the story feels random at times (e.g., a lengthy Native American celebration overstays its welcome, and an appearance by someone from back home comes out of nowhere). Still, it's gratifying that Netflix streams a movie that might not have found its way to audiences who like grown-up film with standout performances like Woodard's.

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