Our Song R

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Three teenage girls face the challenges of growing up in a world filled with uncertainty, risk, and, ultimately, hope.

Starring:
Melissa Martinez, Anna Simpson
Runtime:
1 hour, 38 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Jim McKay
Starring Melissa Martinez, Anna Simpson
Supporting actors Kerry Washington, The Jackie Robinson Steppers Marching Band, Marlene Forte, Raymond Anthony Thomas, Rosalyn Coleman, Carmen López, Tyrone Brown, Lorraine Berry, Natasha Frith, Chuck Cooper, Iris Little Thomas, Kim Howard, Juan Romero Jr., D'Monroe, Shortee Red, Tommy Axson, Tyrus Cox, Tahiem Washington
Studio IFC Film
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

I loved all the characters and I loved the plot.
Milton Walker
It shows you that even though the scenery may change the feelings still are the same for every girl because we all go through it.
Diane Moore
The lives of these girls remind me so much of my own teenage years and the choices my friends and I faced.
S. D. Taylor

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Diane Moore VINE VOICE on June 26, 2001
I'd say being a teenager was one of the best and worst times of my life. This movie shows the trials and tribulations that girls have to go through...teen pregnancy, money troubles, friendships coming together and some breaking up, guys, school..
The three main characters of the film created a beautifully acted story that was so natural, that you fell into it and found it very believable. I liked the acting better than I liked the movie.
It shows you that even though the scenery may change the feelings still are the same for every girl because we all go through it.
Some light humor was included and depressing times as well.. it was all interwoven nicely throughout the film. Not just a "chick flick" its for everyone!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ernest Acosta on June 4, 2003
I recently rented the dvd version of "Our Song". To my surprise this film is exceptional and the acting of the three young ladies was much better than a lot of the hollywood stuff floating around. Director McKay ("Girls Town") wrote a very "REAL" script about the day-to-day life of being a teenager in New York. Filmed in Crown Heights, Brooklyn this film brings us close to three teenage girls going through trials and tribulations. You get the feeling that you are looking in on their lives in real time without them knowing. The Jackie Robinson Marching/Step Band rocks. The realism in this film really catches your attention and the girls are very addictive. Kerry Washington (Save the Last Dance, Bad Company, Lift) is a wonderful remarkable actress. She plays a 15 year old with incredible depth and range, eventhough she was 22 when the movie was filmed. Considering that this was McKay's second film and the three girls' first film, they should have either won some award or at least nominated for an award. I feel if this film was submitted to the Cannes Film Festival it would have been accepted and possibly awarded a prize. Melissa Martinez who played Maria was also good as well as Anna Simpson who played Jocelyn. All these young ladies should definitely consider a full time career (as Washington is doing) in the dramatic arts. A film that everyone must see!!! TWO THUMBS UP.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By pandorafan685 on December 31, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Thats all I can say about this. My mom is actually the one that checked this movie out. I really enjoyed it. I agree with everyone else that It really feeling like your watching these girls life and they dont know it. I like the way OUR SONG just tell an honest story about three NYC girls and their everyday lives living in Crown Heights,Brooklyn. Even though this movie is rated R(for language and some teen drug use)it is safe for kids of all ages to see it. Its not just a chick flick. Im a guy and I liked it. This movie combines poverty, friendship, boys, hard choices, and teen pregnancy in one. Well check it out for yourselves. bye. im out. I admit that the movie was hard to keep up with but it was still an awsome movie.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Colford on February 24, 2002
Rarely has there been a more realistic and satisfying film about high school friends as Our Song. Three high school girls living in Brooklyn discover that when summer ends, they will be sent to different schools as their current school will be closing due to an asbestos problem. The way these three friends deal with their respective comings-of-age, and slowly drift apart is unrushed and sensitive. Throw in the terrific marching band routines performed by the Jackie Robinson Steppers, and outstanding performances by the three lead actresses (especially Kerry Washington) and you've got a winner in this film.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Blackworm on January 2, 2004
Format: DVD
Lanisha, Maria, & Joy are three best friends who are part of the Jackie Robinson Marching Band. They share secrets and petty squabbles and seem to think that life will keep them together. Then, one by one, life begins to caress each girl in different ways, with Maria's lopsided relationship with her boyfriend, Joy's bonding with a different set of females, and Lanisha trying to hold them together while facing to prospect of leaving the city to attend college, leaving her bosom lifelines behind. A little lengthy, this film still makes a statement. Life can be a beautiful thing, but it's the reality that makes it challenging, and change can make it more difficult. Kudos to the three actresses involved in making this coming-of-age movie truly unforgettable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 2, 2003
Format: DVD
The first ten or fifteen minutes of this movie, I admit, it seemed like it was struggling to find its footing. But maybe it was just taking a while for me to get used to its unconventional dialogue and storytelling methods. But as the film moved on the storylines became increasingly captivating. The viewer who said that s/he couldn't figure out what the plot was was just expecting a conventional plot in a movie that's more about characters and their lives in general. Reality doesn't have plots in the sense movies do, unless you neglect large portions of it to strip down to one bare, linear story. OUR SONG is filled with the details and minutiae of the character's lives, and multiple subplots are fused into one film.
For the majority of the movie I thought the characters Joy and Lani were much stronger than Maria, though by the end of the movie Maria's character was very developed and she was just as strong as the other two.
This movie reminded me frequently of the best movies of Robert Altman, such as Nashville and Short Cuts
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