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Movie Review: Pariah (2011)

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Movie Rating: R
Source: Wikipedia

Plot Summary:   To her family, Alike is just a regular seventeen year old girl. However, Alike has a secret. She is actually a butch lesbian who is caught between the person she wants to be and the person people expect her to be. As Alike slowly comes to terms with her sexuality, friendship and family relationships become at risk.

My Review:  One of the things I enjoyed about this film was how authentic it is. Despite being a pariah and a lesbian, Alike is also a smart and creative person. These qualities made her a well-developed character and someone to root for. Another thing that made the movie unique is using poetry to show Alike’s character development. Furthermore, the homophobia is realistically portrayed in the film, especially when it comes to strangers and family members. Lastly, the romance between Alike and her love interest was handled respectfully by showing love without being explicit.

Besides the authenticity, some of the acting was great. Adepero Oduye delivered a stirring performance as Alike. Likewise, Kim Wayans was powerful as Alike’s mother. Both actresses best scenes take place during the climax and resolution of the film.

Last but not least, the film’s soundtrack. It stood out because it was eclectic, ranging from hip-hop, soul, and rock. It also provided  a cool way for Alike and her love interest to connect.

Overall, this was a poignant film. I recommend this for anyone struggling to come to terms with their sexuality, especially if they are a minority. If you are in the GLBTQ community, this is an excellent film for celebrating pride.


Written by Serena Zola

July 4, 2013 at 10:00 AM

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