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Our Song

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Honest, positive look at urban teens; mature themes.

Movie R 2001 95 minutes
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Director-writer Jim McKay has succeeded in creating a sensitive, moving, documentary-like portrait of three unforgettable teens and, to a lesser extent, their families. There's a natural feel to every scene, to every performance, and to every line of dialogue. The three leads are first-time young actresses who seem real -- Kerry Washington is particularly affecting -- acting out stories with problems that are real.

McKay uses lots of close-ups and he lets his scenes play out fully in order to bring the audience deep into the lives of his characters. No easy answers in Our Song. No quick resolutions. Instead of a busy plot, McKay is more interested in knowing how his young people feel, think, and react as they struggle to make sense of growing up.

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