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The sweet joy and bitter anguish of contemporary teen life is movingly explored in this 'remarkable (The New York Times) coming-of-age tale set in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. Breathtaking (L.A. Weekly) and astonishing (The Washington Post), Our Song delves deep inside the complex lives of three girls who, despite all the odds, discover the indomitable spirit that survives within them. Late summer finds inner-city best friends Maria, Joycelyn and Lanisha at a crossroads. Though once inseparable, they drift apart when their high school abruptly closes and Maria discovers she's pregnant. As Joycelyn rejects school for a paycheck and Lanisha opts to continue her education, each girl must chart a new course for herself but can their friendship survive?
In Our Song, director Jim McKay takes the same concerns as in his debut, Girls Town--friendship, poverty, and suicide--and crafts a superior film. While Girls Town felt like a somewhat privileged look at underprivileged life, Our Song feels as if it were written by the young women themselves: Lanisha (Lift's Kerry Washington), Joy (Anna Simpson), and Maria (Melissa Martinez). In fact, the trio really was involved with Brooklyn marching band the Jackie Robinson Steppers when McKay recruited them to star in this Michael Stipe-produced effort, and the marching sequences in the film provide a rousing counterpoint to the difficulties with which the girls are grappling. When one of the 15-year-olds discovers she's pregnant, already-frayed relationships are strained to the breaking point. Our Song always rings true and is all the more admirable--and affecting--for its refusal to conform to the conventions of most Hollywood teen movies. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
It is interesting to see how these young ladies took different paths in a critical time in their lives...good choices and bad with hard decisions to make.Published 11 months ago by Sheila F. Lozada
After reading some reviews, I thought the movie would be very good, however I wasn't impressed. I give it 3 stars because it was
just okay, in my opinion.
I looked up this movie after reading the book On the Come up which was inspired by this movie. The book was so good, I wanted to know more about this Anna Simpson and what she was... Read morePublished on June 15, 2013 by Jacque Cartwright
I think this is a wonderful film. That being said, I am really disappointed with Amazon's video quality here. I can stream this on Netflix as well. Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by Hillary
Great quality looked brand new I loved it.... I'd order again because I was very much suprise. When you hear used your a little skeptical but it was well worth every centPublished on January 2, 2013 by Tavia_Little
I bought this DVD because it was Kerry Washington's first feature role. I'm amazed at how well this story is told and acted. Read morePublished on November 24, 2012 by S. D. Taylor
I remember watching this movie on tv a ton when it first came out and decided to go ahead and buy it! The movie I love! Read morePublished on April 6, 2011 by Chauntria R. Lipscomb
This was a great movie! I was raised in Flatbush, Brooklyn and this reminded me of my high school days!Published on December 11, 2009 by Brooklyn
This movie is so good. I never seen anything so real. I loved it. I loved all the characters and I loved the plot. 5/5 !Published on May 3, 2008 by Milton Walker