Girlhood ★★★½

While watching this movie, I couldn't help but think of something my African American studies professor said during our God of Thunder podcast. "Can't we win?" He said this because while we all agreed the end of that film was very apropos and worked; he said that with black film, it often feels like all you get is tragedy. And there's a sense for me at least that this film would be much better if it was more the girls hanging out and less of the drug dealing portions.

Almost all of the stuff that is just hanging out and the like feels real, lived in and something that we so rarely get to see in cinema (marginalized people just having normal fun lives). While almost everything involving the tragic aspects of the plot feels more cinematic and fake-y.

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