R | 1h 39min | Drama | 28 July 2015 (USA)
A young singer struggles with his sexuality and the treatment of others while coming of age in a small Southern Baptist community.
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)
Rated R for sexual content, language and some drug use – all involving teens
I am so happy to see this movie! I am not very surprised to see it got only 5.5 as I learned not to take seriously IMDb’s ratings. Indeed, a lot of people who rate on IMDb seem to love action movies with a lot of special effects. I almost never watch these kind of movies. Also people are so conditioned to watch a certain kind of screening, they’re not used to diversity. The kind of grain, the kind of music, the kind of angle, all these things are quite the same in box-office movies. But here you have something different, something real.
I love in this movie how there are so many moments without music, where you can be with the people as they think as they feel. I love that there was no brighty shiny filter on this movie, so when you see people in their home, it feels like you see your own home, when you see an hospital entrance, it feels like you’re seeing an hospital entrance from where you really live.
I love that Isaiah is back to say once again that he was not against T R Knight and to show that in this business it’s really better to be White than Black, because when you are White you can get away with saying worse things than what a Black person might say. I love that Mo’nique is such a phenomenal actress who made me feel really that she lost someone and couldn’t get on with life without that someone and I love that she respects herself so much that she did this indie movie rather than sell her soul to the business.
I love that this movie talked about the great John Cassavetes. That man did some of the movies I love the most. Maybe those I respect the most as real deep intelligent films. I sobbed so much during that film and at the end of it I was a mess!
I did not love the beginning titles. I did not love the sun shadows as mom and son were singing together. But that is what is genius with a true movie.
It’s not perfect. It does not have to be perfect. Because the looks are less important than the message. And the message here is BIG.
I really encourage you to see this movie, get past average commercial movies. This movie dares. This movie touches. This movie knows what Love IS.
Director: Patrik-Ian Polk
Writers: Rikki Beadle Blair, Larry Duplechan (novel)
Stars: Mo’Nique, Julian Walker, Kevin Allesee
Release Date: 28 July 2015 (USA)
Filming Locations: Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA