Blackbird (2015)

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BLACKBIRD tells the story of seventeen-year-old Randy (Julian Walker), a devout Christian, who, as strong as he seems on the outside, is hiding a secret inner struggle - the denial of being gay. He is also struggling with his life at home since his father (Isaiah Washington) has left, and Randy cares for his emotionally disturbed mother (Mo'Nique). It is not until he opens himself up to love that he discovers that becoming a man means accepting who you really are.

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Cast

Mo'Nique
as Claire Rousseau
Isaiah Washington
as Lance Rousseau
Terrell Tilford
as Pastor Crandall
Julian Walker
as Randy Rousseau
Kevin Allesee
as Marshall MacNeil
Torrey Laamar
as Todd Waterson
D. Woods
as Leslie Crandall
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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

Despite its sense of mission, the film suffers from soapy excesses and narrative disjunctures.

Apr 26, 2015 | Full Review…

Director Patrik-Ian Polk makes the ending a little too pat, but he makes us root for these characters to be happy, and for their world to be a better place.

Apr 23, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Anything that can go wrong, will - often in spectacular fashion.

Apr 23, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Essentially a play and two films within a film, Blackbird from writer and director Patrik-Ian Polk cleverly combines race, sexuality, religion and small town values.

Nov 3, 2018 | Rating: 8 | Full Review…

Despite what could have been a breakthrough performance for Walker, Blackbird becomes just a well-intentioned melodrama that lacks the focus it needs to truly soar.

Sep 1, 2017 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

Patrik-Ian Polk makes a huge artistic leap with this deeply affecting, funny and original peek at one confused youth's coming out process.

Apr 24, 2015 | Full Review…

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