Fifth about The Seventh

The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give: not all teenagers are solely focused on their prom; likewise, not all teenager films are simply about dates or kisses. George Tillman Jr’s film has other things in mind; it still is a teenager film (or, as they say it nowadays, young adult), so the themes are pretty much spelled out and things turn out too neat, but it’s still both touching and relevant. The film’s biggest asset is its winning protagonist, played quite well by Amandla Stenberg, who has a beautiful smile, and projects the kid’s smartness and sensibility (even though she plays charm better than she does sadness); Regina Hall and Russell Hornsby are quite good, and Anthony Mackie unsmiling eyes are very effective; the weaker link of the chain is K.J. Apa. The film’s look is merely serviceable.

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