Premature

2020

Premature

Critics Consensus

Premature transcends its familiar trappings with sharp dialogue and a strong sense of setting that further establish Rashaad Ernesto Green as a gifted filmmaker.

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On a summer night in Harlem during her last months at home before starting college, seventeen-year-old poet Ayanna (Zora Howard) meets Isaiah (Joshua Boone), a charming music producer who has just moved to the city. It's not long before these two artistic souls are drawn together in a passionate summer romance. But as the highs of young love give way to jealousy, suspicion, and all-too-real consequences, Ayanna must confront the complexities of the adult world--whether she is ready or not. Emotionally raw, intimate, and honest, Premature is at once timeless and bracingly contemporary in its portrait of a young woman navigating the difficult choices that can shape a life.

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  • "Premature" is a delicious slow-burn of a movie, the kind of coming-of-age tale that looks familiar on the surface only to reveal hidden depths of beauty and meaning.

    February 27, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Rashaad Ernesto Green's poignant coming-of-age drama reflects his fruitful collaboration with Zora Howard, who wrote the script with him and also stars as Ayanna, a high-school senior in Harlem who is preparing to leave for college.

    February 24, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It truly is an independent film in all the best possible ways: in the authenticity of it, the sense of place, in the fact that you feel like you're watching true people figuring out their lives.

    February 22, 2020 | Full Review…
  • A romantic and richly drawn conversation-starter.

    February 21, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • To watch Ayanna quietly think her way through each situation - whether she's taking pleasure in a new experience or weighing the consequences of a difficult decision - is to watch a person coming into being, not a moment too soon or late.

    February 20, 2020 | Full Review…
  • "Premature" offers a ground-level alternative to more sensationalistic, adversity-themed African-American stories.

    February 20, 2020 | Full Review…

    Peter Debruge

    Variety
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