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Pariah

(DVD - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Pariah


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Alike is a 17-year-old African-American woman who lives with her parents Audrey and Arthur and younger sister Sharonda in Brooklyn's Fort Greene neighborhood. She has a flair for poetry, and is a good student at her local high school. Alike is quietly but firmly embracing her identity as a lesbian. 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.
Title: Pariah
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Publisher: [United States] :, Universal,, 2012
Edition: Widescreen version
Notes: Title from disc surface
Summary: Alike is a 17-year-old African-American woman who lives with her parents Audrey and Arthur and younger sister Sharonda in Brooklyn's Fort Greene neighborhood. She has a flair for poetry, and is a good student at her local high school. Alike is quietly but firmly embracing her identity as a lesbian. 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.
Audience: Rating R for sexual content and language
Local Note: 04/12 br
Additional Contributors: Universal Pictures (Firm)
Branch Call Number: DVD F PAR
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This film was sensitively done, if a bit painful to watch at times. The mother was a tad too intense, perhaps. It's pretty easy to recognize this as a Spike Lee film. There's just something about the way Lee handles his characters.

Report This Mar 07, 2014
  • lasertravis rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Average lesbian romantic drama. This just dragged. Nothing happens. It's well acted and seems very authentic, but I just didn't care. Possibly opens eyes as to what coming out as a lesbian or the day to day life of a young black lesbian is like. Boring.

Report This Mar 10, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Tons of accolades to this film. Not as crazily in love with this movie as Newsday critic John Anderson who wrote: The gay coming-of-age story's been done, but "Pariah" has something fresh to say, largely about the knotty complexities of love, and how they might keep someone in the closet: How badly do you need to be free, to hurt the people you love? And in his New York Times article, film critic A.O. Scott wrote that to watch Adepero Oduye play Alike “is to experience the thrill of discovery.” Scott continued by saying that “Pariah has a point to make, and a point of view to argue, but it also, above all, wants to illuminate an individual universe of meaning and emotion.”

Report This Jan 30, 2013
  • sdelao rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Really good movie. Wonderful cast, writing, direction. Lots of moving scenes. RECOMMEND

Report This Oct 26, 2012
  • ceedeegee57 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Excellent performances and writing make what could have been just another coming out story something special. A very full 90 minutes that is neither rushed nor hard to watch. Highly recommended. Transcends age and race demographics.

Report This Sep 16, 2012
  • CIASTAR rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS FILM. I LIKED HOW THEY SHOWED EXACTLY HOW AGGRESSIVE LESBIANS LIVE THEIR LIVES AND THE HARDSHIPS THEY Face BECAUSE OF THEIR SEXUALITY. ITS A MUST SEE!!!!

Report This Aug 23, 2012
  • ray313 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A powerful movie! Sexual identity and race collide in a young teenager's life. I will watch this movie again.

Report This Jul 28, 2012
  • feyalvir rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Unbelievable acting and writing. I think everyone should see this movie. It's one of those movies that provokes thought and conversation.

Report This Jul 17, 2012
  • Froster rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Yes, it's yet ANOTHER coming out story, but the milieu is so finely drawn, and the writing so fresh, that one overlooks the "same-old, same-old" trajectory. Likewise the performances, which keep the whole thing from falling off the precipice. Not as dynamic and stylish as "Precious", but perhaps it's not truly a fair comparison, as that subject matter was absolutely Dickensian and hallucinatory, and "Pariah" is middle-class and "slice of life". But do see it. This film is tight, well-made and heartfelt. Bravo.

Report This Jul 14, 2012
  • jmmason rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I don't usually go in for dyke dramas, but this is simply the best coming of age movie I have seen in years, maybe ever. The fact that the person coming out is a girl and a black girl at that only makes it more astonishing. This writer/director does a lot to avoid cliches while still telling a story familiar to so many of us. There is a lot of humor and joy here. The most searing moment occurs after the mother realizes her child is a lesbian and they are reunited after several days; the daughter says, "I love you, Mom." Silence. "I said, I love you." The mother picks-up her bible and as she's leaving says to the daughter, "I'll pray for you." To me, the bullying that gay kids get from their parents is far, far worse than any camera in a dorm room senario.

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Report This Oct 26, 2012
  • ceedeegee57 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

ceedeegee57 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

Report This Sep 16, 2012
  • CIASTAR rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

CIASTAR thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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