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"Who do you become when you can't be yourself?"
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Being a teenager is always fraught with difficulties, but being a lesbian teenager is apt to cause more household tension. Executive producer, Spike Lee, is the first listed under the 15 executive producers, but obviously has had some interest or hand in the producing of this film. This tale is of lesbians coming to terms with their lives, their parents coming to terms or not, and perhaps, the music. The music is primarily led by by singer, Reema Major who illustrates the movie with such songs as Cocky, My Swag, Goucci Bag, Arabic Princess and I’m so Major. There is also a considerable amount of additional music, though the practiced tones of Major are impossible to dismiss.

The name the author chose for this film is Pariah. This word,was originally of Indian origin, referring to people who have been seen as outcasts from the caste system. It now travels to the American pop culture with a similar definition, meaning essentially the same thing in context.

There are also various sub-stories going on throughout the film. Some of these stories include angry or impatient fathers and cheating husbands which also pertains, of course, to a disturbed household. Another going toward a sub-plot would the drama of the younger siblings in the case of a main character who is caught having a strap-on penis by her younger sister. After begging her sister not to tell of the devise to their parents, she agrees, then goes off to tell them, anyway, or so she says. The thing she tells of, however, was not the strap on penis, but another unimportant issue much to her older sister’s relief. Pariah is a story that embodies current attitudes toward exposing one’s sexual truths. It is straight forward, amusing, and hopeful as the lead actress sets off on a bus that will take her to a place where she can live her own life without the critisizms and judgements of family.

| 2011 | 1 hr 26 min | 7.2/10 | 79/100
Adepero Oduye, Pernell Walker, Aasha Davis, Charles Parnell
Dee Rees

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