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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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: February 5, 2013
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00A92MEJ4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,217 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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The acting was great.
Rashid Darden
A beautiful coming of age narrative about a young teenager coming to terms with her heritage, culture, self, home, environment, and community.
Books for Us
You feel like you know these people in the end and you want to see what's going to happen next in their lives.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Books for Us on 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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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Emil Sullivan on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Moe on August 31, 2014
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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. Antoinette, the father, and the mother did a good job acting. Actually, everyone did a good job which is rare in a film. It was hard seeing this good girl go bad and go bad hard. It sad she wasn't born in a more stable environment but a lot of kids go through a life like this daily. The only reason I didn't give this five stars is because of the ending. It just ending with no resolution .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Denise Reid on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midori on January 13, 2015
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I had been wanting to watch this movie for a while. While browsing the library stacks, I saw it. ( I wasn't even looking for it.) I can see why the director chose to end where she did. The ending is pretty open but hopeful. This is the first time I have seen Zoe Kravitz in a major role. She's understated for much of the movie but capable. The other actors lend very honest and affecting performances. I would watch this again.
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