Off and Running Reviews

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February 4, 2010
Blessed with candid subjects, a sure sense of emotional honesty and an eye for drawing out the power of small moments, Opper has produced a memorable, deeply affecting film.
January 29, 2010
Captures raw emotion of adopted teen grappling with her African-American identity -- happy ever after is subjective in America where race makes everything more complicated.
January 29, 2010
Nice coming-of-age doc about an African-American teen who shares a Brooklyn brownstone with the white Jewish lesbian parents who adopted her and two adopted siblings.
January 28, 2010
Plots of coming of age narrative features often exploit teenagers' raging hormones and explore the high jinx fueled by them. In contrast, Nicole Opper's coming of age documentary is a serious study about an adolescent's search for her personal identity
January 28, 2010
the more stilted, scripted moments that make the whole thing seem false, and take away from the thrust of the movie
January 28, 2010
Director Nicole Opper never resorts to promoting reductive, campus counselor-esque values.
January 27, 2010
Ultimately uplifting, this endearing bio-pic offers a wonderful warts-and-all look from the inside out at both the blessings and challenges of trans-cultural adoption.
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