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Kim Wayans, Adepero Oduye, Aasha Davis and Charles Parnell star in Dee Rees’s inspiring film that critics hail is “Vibrantly alive! Potently moving and heartfelt!” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone). Seventeen-year-old Alike (pronounced ah-lee-kay) lives with her parents and younger sister in Brooklyn's Fort Greene neighborhood. She has a flair for poetry, and is quietly embracing her identity as a lesbian. But whenever Alike's development becomes a topic of discussion at home, her parents’ already strained marriage is pushed to the breaking point. Wondering how much she can confide in her family, Alike strives to get through adolescence with grace, humor, and tenacity – sometimes succeeding, sometimes not, but always moving forward.
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I cannot tell you how good this movie is by typing words... this is a must see for anyone coming to terms with themselves, or knows someone who is. This movie will break your heart and show you thing or two about life. One of the very best under appreciated and over looked movies about gay teens and the families that they grow up with.
The one thing I didn't like was Kim Wayans' character. I thought Kim Wayans the actress was on her AAA game and I believe she is a criminally underused talent in Hollywood. But her character has to be one of the most unlovable, nonredeeming characters in modern cinema! No wonder her husband feels so free to be a bastard with her! I thought there was this one moment where she would soften and I'd see what motivated her, what made her tick. Nuh-uh! She remained a total enigma to me until the very end.
Anyway, if you haven't seen this movie, see it. I had never even heard of this movie until one of my facebook friends in England (!) posted the trailer.
I was blown away when I first saw this film and have since watched it 3 more times with friends, and I find it amazing every time. I bought several of these as gifts for friends.
Kudos to Focus Features and everyone involved in this film (producers Nekisa Cooper and Spike Lee make it no surprise that this film is so well made and captures this teenager's complexity so well).
The reason I have not given five stars is only because I feel the film wraps up too neatly at the end. It's a worthy ending, but it also sorta comes out of nowhere for me. I know this is not the kind of film which gets a sequel, but I'd sure like to see one!