OT: Our Town (2003)



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The Los Angeles community of Compton has become infamous thanks to news reports and rap music lyrics that have portrayed it as an African-American neighborhood brought to the edge of destruction by corruption and black-on-black crime. In 2003, a handful of students and teachers at Compton's Dominguez High School decided to do something that hadn't happened at the school in more than 20 years -- put on a play. When it became obvious that the financially strapped school (which had recently … More

Rating: R
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
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On DVD: Aug 17, 2004
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Critic Reviews for OT: Our Town

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (8)

For a film about stereotype-busting, OT treads a very worn path.

August 15, 2003
New York Post
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Emotionally involving.

Full Review… | August 15, 2003
San Jose Mercury News
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[A] modest, moving documentary.

Full Review… | August 15, 2003
New York Times
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A whole world can be fit into 76 minutes, and that's what the splendid documentary OT: our town manages to do.

Full Review… | August 14, 2003
Los Angeles Times
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A smart, seamless commentary on race, class and the expectations (or lack of) that are often attached to them.

Full Review… | August 14, 2003
L.A. Weekly
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As the players themselves struggle with finding what Borek calls 'the line between representing ourselves and stereotyping,' Kennedy takes pains to illuminate aspects and insights that buck cliché.

Full Review… | August 13, 2003
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for OT: Our Town


If you have ever been in the play Our Town, or were ever forced to read it in high school, and you wondered of its relevance, this film will remove all doubt as to how Wilder's themes have held up over the last century. Very moving and inspiring.


It's hard to explain the appeal of OT: Our Town. Tension is nearly non-existent. The music edited into the film is not particularly effective. The kids, however, had me entralled. Maybe it's the fact I've taught high school theatre and my love for the play Our Town that helped it along, but ultimately, I have to chalk it up to a good story. It's no secret that simple stories make great stories. This documentary continues to prove the rule--just as Our Town does nearly every time it's performed.

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