Yelling to the Sky 2012 NR CC

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17-year old Sweetness O'Hara is struggling to find her place in her rough inner city neighborhood and broken family. She finds herself in a downward spiral before trying to turn her life around.

Starring:
Zoe Kravitz, Antonique Smith
Runtime:
1 hour 36 minutes

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Yelling to the Sky

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Genres Drama
Director Victoria Mahoney
Starring Zoe Kravitz, Antonique Smith
Supporting actors Gabourey Sidibe, Sonequa Martin-Green, Tim Blake Nelson, Marc John Jefferies, Maurice Compte, Shareeka Epps, Yolonda Ross, Antonique Smith, Zabryna Guevara, Billy Kay, Adam Tomei, Peter Anthony Tambakis, Tariq Trotter, E.J. Bonilla, Gleendilys Inoa, Deema Aitken, Haas Manning, Gio Perez
Studio MPI Pictures
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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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
I really didn't care too much for the ending, but overall this was a well put together movie.
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12 of 14 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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4 of 4 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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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 Malia Wrighting on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rhonda M C Jackson on May 1, 2014
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It was very touching and an eye opener!!!! Seeing how she turned how she grew up around to better her self.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arlinda Johnson on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Jones on 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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