Movie review by Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media
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age 17+

Honest, mature coming-of-age romance dispels myths.

R 2020 90 minutes

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age 17+

First love presented realistically

A lovely film wrapped in realism. The dialogue feels fresh and real. I believe these are real arguments and even sex scenes (which seem to be in short supply these days) that build the narrative. Zora Howard is exceptionally talented. The film has complex characters that interlace their lives around each other in a way that hurts when they try to separate. Beautifully shot and rich score rounds out this tender story of first romantic love.
age 17+

First love, more realistically told than Hollywood offers up

Although this film is not shy about showing sex between the two main protagonists, this shouldn't necessarily ward parents away from letting their 17-year-olds from seeing this wonderfully-acted film. As a mother of two 17-year-olds, I know that without my knowledge at the time, they have seen films and even television shows with sexual scenes. What I like about this film is that it presents young girls with an unvarnished view of first love. It also presents the black main male character as the sensitive artist; a characterization you don't often see in cinema. Listening to the debate he has with his fellow black musicians about whether music should strive to be political or spiritual and universal was truly refreshing. The main character even argued that music should strive to be "divine." There's a lot of nuance in the presentation of relationships between the main character and her mother, her sister, her friends and her first love.

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