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Our Song

4.0 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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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?

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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

Special Features

  • "The Making of Our Song" featurette
  • The Jackie Robinson Steppers Marching Band article

Product Details

  • Actors: Kerry Washington, Anna Simpson, Melissa Martinez, The Jackie Robinson Steppers Marching Band, Marlene Forte
  • Directors: Jim McKay
  • Writers: Jim McKay
  • Producers: Jim McKay, Alexa L. Fogel, Ashaki 'Saki' Fenderson, Caroline Kaplan, Diana E. Williams
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: January 14, 2003
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CY1Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,122 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Our Song" on IMDb

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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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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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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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By A Customer on November 7, 2003
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OUR SONG IS ABOUT THE MOST REALISTIC MOVIE THAT I HAVE SEEN THUS FAR...WHEN I 1ST SAW THIS MOVIE I CRIED AT THE END BUT I DIDNT KNOW WHAT I WAS CRYING FOR BECAUSE I DIDNT UNDERSTAND THE END OF THE MOVIE SO I GOT ON THE INTERNET TO RESEARCH WHAT WAS THE POINT OF THE MOVIE AND I WAS SO SHOCKED BECAUSE THAT EXPLAINED THE REASON I CRIED. THIS MOVIE IS A GLIPSE OF 3 TEENAGE FEMALES GROWING UP IN THE INER-CITY(BROOKLYN). THIS MOVIE WAS A OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF TRUE LIFE IN THE INERCITY FOR YOUNG FEMALES. IT WAS SET IN THE SUMMER WITH THE GIRLS HANGING OUT DOING NORMAL STUFF TEENAGE FEMALES DO AND THEY HAD A CLOSE BOND BUT BY THE END OF SUMMER THINGS STARTED TO CHANGE AND THEIR FRIENDSHIP SLOWELY DRIFTED AWAY(THAT WAS SO SAD)I ESPECIALLY THOUGHT ANNA SIMPSON(JOYCELYN) GAVE AN OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE....I HIGHLEY ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO WATCH THIS MOVIE.....
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OUR SONG is wonderful in that it really gets into the lives of the three high school girls who are its main focus. It's almost in a documentary style. Very real. You know these girls, or you know someone just like them. I was one of these girls when I was in high school. They could've been my best pals. It's about being on the cusp of womanhood, and what you're going to do about it. Decisions, decisions! Oh the angst of being old enough to do whatever adults do but too young to have the wisdom to deal with the consequences. Should be required viewing for all teenaged girls. Great job!
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By A Customer on January 13, 2003
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There were a lot of good movies in 2001. But this was easily the best one, and I've tried to get every person I know to see it -- I only wish they could have seen this film on the big screen. I left the theatre with such a great feeling that day...
The acting's so natural in this coming-of-age story, it's like watching a documentary. And the story is equally realistic and riveting. It's also one of the few movies that knows how to end -- nothing tacked on, no loose ends forced together.
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By Toya on January 28, 2005
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I believe that the movie was wonderful, I also like the fact that it can relate to a everyday life that young people go through. The movie showed many ups and downs that everyday people go through in the Ghetto. One main thing I like is that each person had a choice to make in their life, in a very short time and all i can say is that's real you can't get no real then that..I respect the director for this flim and hope he makes more like this one.
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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. Netflix has a clearer picture and subtitles for the Spanish conversations. I was expecting Amazon's quality to be much better. The picture could not be maximized because the movie was so blurry.
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