Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Smart, mature drama about race, privilege, and expectations.

R 2019 109 minutes

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 17+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 16+

Luce attempts to grapple with A LOT of complex issues and succeeds in bringing us into the conversation

A gripping film that is impeccably acted and tone perfect. This film explores complex issues around race, adoption, white savior, expectation, being a "credit to your race", student athletics, teenage sex, passive aggressive manipulations, and child violence. A deep psychological look at when the American Dream comes up against civil war trauma on children. How can you heal? How do you move forward? Can you forget your past? Awards all around! Top marks.
age 18+

Luce - Leaves Too Many Questions

Stylishly produced and very well acted, with the makings of ‘some’ good writing – yet somehow Luce trips over its own cleverness. There are so many ‘statements’ on life lessons, history (both modern and past) political correctness, complex relationship issues and just about anything else that could be crammed into its running time. So much so, that it seems writers/producers/director, JC Lee and Julius Onah appeared to have a little difficulty tying it all together, failing to convey a satisfactory understanding of all the issues. The situations in question are all way too serious to gloss over, deserving a far more solid resolution to justify the disturbing end results. Naomi Watts gives her usual sterling performance as Luce’s mother and there’s excellent support from all those around her. The Music score, while interesting, at times tends to come across as overbearing. Some will say they understood all the convoluted characters and their various activities but if questioned, will probably find they missed an important thread or two. It’s also doubtful a teacher would use four-letter words when talking to a parent about their son! Some of the content is interesting, but let down by a somewhat overly open ending - that has obviously left many of its audience unsatisfied. Four Letter words throughout.

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