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Rated R · 86 minutes · 2011

The life and times of a bright but naturally tentative African-American middle-class teenage lesbian from Brooklyn, New York, and her efforts to come out into a rough, tough world. Kudos to actress Adepero Oduye and writer-director Dee Rees for making the young protagonist Alike’s rite of passage so challenging and thus so rewarding, with terrific, naturalistic performances by Pernell Walker, Aasha Davis, Charles Parnell, and Kim Wayans (as Alike’s shocked, church-going mother). But it’s Ms. Oduye who carries the film across the finish line. Filmmaker Rees’ first feature is a true indie marvel of characterization and place. (86 min.)

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Director: Dee Rees
Producer: Nekisa Cooper, Spike Lee, Jeff Robinson, Sam Martin, Mary Jane Skalski, Susan Lewis, Ann Bradley, Stefan Nowicki, Benjamin Weber and Joey Carey
Cast: Adepero Oduye, Pernell Walker, Aasha Davis, Charles Parnell, Sahra Mellesse, Kim Wayans, Shamika Cotton and Ray Anthony Thomas



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