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Yelling to the Sky [Blu-ray] (2011)

Jason Clarke , Zoe Kravitz , Victoria Mahoney  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jason Clarke, Zoe Kravitz, Tim Blake Nelson, Gabourey Sidibe, Sonequa Martin-Green
  • Directors: Victoria Mahoney
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: February 5, 2013
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00A92MEJ4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,516 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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17-year old Sweetness O'Hara (Zoe Kravitz), the daughter of mixed race parents, is struggling to find her place in the rough inner city neighborhood she reluctantly calls home. Her father is either absent or abusive, her racial background makes her an outsider in the community, and drugs and violence abound. When she finds herself in a downward spiral of dealing, shoplifting, and fighting, Sweetness learns she must take her life into her own hands in order to create the future she dreams of. Gabourey Sidibe (Precious) and Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother, Where Art Thou?) round out the cast of this gripping urban drama, which proves that in order to become an adult, you must first survive as a teenager.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful debut and Coming of Age Story December 19, 2012
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This beautiful debut by Victoria Mahoney captures you from the start. Sweetness (played by Zoe Kravitz) is a biracial child living in a harsh urban environment where "mean" girls often result to bullying for dominance and attention. Mahoney's artistic choices and direction in the film are stunning, as she reveals that the underlying need in each of her character's lives -- including the transformation of the alcoholic father who comes 360 at the end and learns to embrace his daughter before she follows in his footsteps as well as the "mentally ill" mother played beautifully by Yolanda Ross -- is love. Compelling performances and deeply engaging. Not to be missed! A beautiful coming of age narrative about a young teenager coming to terms with her heritage, culture, self, home, environment, and community.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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There is a rawness to the film "Yelling To The Sky" that is likely to evoke strong reactions with most viewers. At times humorous, at times brutal, this coming-of-age story from writer/director Victoria Mahoney has a palpable anger underneath its surface that really sets it apart from many comparable films. While I don't know enough about Mahoney to label this autobiographical in nature, there is a certain intimacy and truthfulness that make it feel like a cathartic self-examination of a life lived. While I appreciated this spirit, however, the overall experience ended up having less impact for me than individual components of the film. For my taste, some of the characterizations lacked definition. A drama about race, abuse, violence, and family dysfunction, "Yelling To The Sky" can be unrepentantly bleak. And as the central character spiraled out of control, I found myself as an outsider looking in on (and sometimes not believing) the harrowing circumstances before her.

The film opens with a brutal neighborhood attack as everyone seems aligned against Sweetness (Zoe Kravitz) and her friend, apparently because Sweetness comes from a mixed-race parentage. You don't get much explanation, really, but as the conflict is resolved--the film unleashes a powerfully visceral punch to your gut. From here, we get glimpses of Kravitz's home life. Her mother seems unstable, her father volatile, and her sister is in a troubled relationship. The screenplay never digs too deeply into the peripheral characters, we primarily see their actions through Kravitz's eyes. As she wants to fit in, poor choices and bad opportunities take her down an unpleasant road.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE EQUATION ISN'T ALWAYS THE ANSWER January 12, 2013
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Sweetness (Zoë Kravitz) is a 17 year old girl growing up in the melting pot of Brooklyn, N.Y. (Filming Location). She is bullied. She is friendless at school. She looks up to her sister (Antonique Smith) who is pregnant and leaving, only to return months later with a baby and a bruised face. Dad is apparently a cab driver who has alcohol issues and is abusive when he drinks. Oh, not call DSS abusive, just an A-hole who breaks things, swears and shoves. Mom (Yolonda Ross) isn't mentally right. Her name is Rainy short for Lorene, which symbolizes her tears of sadness.

Sweetness feels trapped. Her escape is to become part of the drug dealing scene. She wants to deal just enough so she can get by, "right now." And as her sympathetic somewhat caring drug supplier warns her, "Right now keeps on changing."

The story is about hitting bottom, and recovery without having an epiphany or seeking special outside help. This is a well acted drama, although slow at times.
It is less about plot and more about character. A more believable inner city film then what we have been subject to here of late.

Parental Guide: F-bomb, brief sex. No nudity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yelling to the Sky! Sometimes in life, we all do) November 19, 2013
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I did not like the cussing, but Zoe was a good actress. She played her role as if she was really living it. It's a shame that we sometimes feel that we have to compromise with the ways of the world,in order to have friends or to be accepted, or for us to feel happy. Even though the ending was a good turn around, look at the damage that we cause to ourselves and to one another while we try to find ourselves, or as we are running away from whatever. Hurting people hurt people! Shame!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear- Concise- Easy to pay for March 5, 2013
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The most important quality I find with Amazon's video steaming service, it produces results. Not just ho-hum but stella. Not some or most of the time- ALL the time. All women of color from inner cities should consider this one, of all ages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartfielt film May 2, 2014
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I enjoyed viewing this film. This generation of kids really should check this film out, I believe that this film can touch many lives.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWEsome March 4, 2014
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Had to own after seeing on netflix. Great movie about the struggle if being a teen in a biracial dysfunctional family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars arlinda's review April 5, 2014
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good movie, cast of characters and storyline. zoe and gabourey were awesome in this movie. zoe was a badass girl.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great For Family Viewing
Really enjoyed this just with the sound was better.
Published 1 month ago by Chris Cousins
4.0 out of 5 stars I like this film Zoe
I don't know why Gabby is on the cover because she not even a main character to this film. Anyway, I like this film Zoe. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Moe
5.0 out of 5 stars Meaningful, heavy film
a great movie for young and old.Makes you think and feel.Zoe Kravitz is very beautiful, inside and out. A movie to watch again.
Published 3 months ago by Manuela Reid
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Kravitz's acting pulled me into the script & held me spellbound.
Published 3 months ago by Charalottta Gunter
4.0 out of 5 stars Sleeper Movie
Great movie! would say see the movie if you have a chance. the actors were much better than i expected.
Published 5 months ago by Lee Ann Yancey
4.0 out of 5 stars Drama watcher
It was very touching and an eye opener!!!! Seeing how she turned how she grew up around to better her self.
Published 5 months ago by Rhonda M C Jackson
3.0 out of 5 stars yelling to the sky
this movie was pretty good, just wish it told more about the girl and her family and how they got the way they were
Published 5 months ago by debra bibb
5.0 out of 5 stars Imperfect People discoveriving a Perfected Love.
This is a Awesome Movie that displays the difficulty a young girl growing thru adversity with the struggles of family and community.
Published 13 months ago by EW
4.0 out of 5 stars I didn't like it.... but I liked it.
I had heard great things about this film for a while and because I like to support independent films with characters of color, I purchased it.

The acting was great. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Rashid Darden
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