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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.
Publisher: [United States] : Universal, 2012
Edition: Widescreen version
Branch Call Number: DVD F PAR
Additional Contributors: Universal Pictures (Firm)

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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 lesbia... Read More »


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Jul 10, 2014
  • 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.

Jul 10, 2014
  • POLITICSOWNSUS rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I think this is my Lesbian movie debut if my memory serves me correctly.This is very slick and even bone chilling for a dike drama.It didn't really annoy me and i could easily watch this again however.It is well made and all of the performances are very good performances ladies and gentlemen.If the majority of Lesbian movies are like this,i just might have a new addiction despite the fact that i am totally against the rainbow flag in real life period.I just hope this very slick film doesn't screw up other straight people period!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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.

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.

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.”

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

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

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.

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!!!!

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.

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.

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

ceedeegee57 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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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