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Our Song
Our Song
Actors: Kerry Washington, Anna Simpson, Melissa Martinez, The Jackie Robinson Steppers Marching Band, Marlene Forte
Director: Jim McKay
Genres: Drama
R     2003     1hr 35min

The sweet joy and bitter anguish of contemporary teen life is movingly explored in this 'remarkable (The New York Times) coming-of-age tale set in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. Breathtaking (L.A. Weekly) and a...  more »

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Actors: Kerry Washington, Anna Simpson, Melissa Martinez, The Jackie Robinson Steppers Marching Band, Marlene Forte
Director: Jim McKay
Creators: Jim McKay, Alexa L. Fogel, Ashaki 'Saki' Fenderson, Caroline Kaplan, Diana E. Williams, Jonathan Sehring
Genres: Drama
Sub-Genres: Drama
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 01/14/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/2001
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2001
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 35min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Movie Reviews

A peek into the life of a teenage girl...
Diane Moore | 06/27/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I'd say being a teenager was one of the best and worst times of my life. This movie shows the trials and tribulations that girls have to go through...teen pregnancy, money troubles, friendships coming together and some breaking up, guys, school.. The three main characters of the film created a beautifully acted story that was so natural, that you fell into it and found it very believable. I liked the acting better than I liked the movie. It shows you that even though the scenery may change the feelings still are the same for every girl because we all go through it. Some light humor was included and depressing times as well.. it was all interwoven nicely throughout the film. Not just a "chick flick" its for everyone!"
The theme of their lives.
Blackworm | 01/03/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Lanisha, Maria, & Joy are three best friends who are part of the Jackie Robinson Marching Band. They share secrets and petty squabbles and seem to think that life will keep them together. Then, one by one, life begins to caress each girl in different ways, with Maria's lopsided relationship with her boyfriend, Joy's bonding with a different set of females, and Lanisha trying to hold them together while facing to prospect of leaving the city to attend college, leaving her bosom lifelines behind. A little lengthy, this film still makes a statement. Life can be a beautiful thing, but it's the reality that makes it challenging, and change can make it more difficult. Kudos to the three actresses involved in making this coming-of-age movie truly unforgettable."
An Exceptional Film with first time actors
Ernest Acosta | Bronx, NY United States | 06/04/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I recently rented the dvd version of "Our Song". To my surprise this film is exceptional and the acting of the three young ladies was much better than a lot of the hollywood stuff floating around. Director McKay ("Girls Town") wrote a very "REAL" script about the day-to-day life of being a teenager in New York. Filmed in Crown Heights, Brooklyn this film brings us close to three teenage girls going through trials and tribulations. You get the feeling that you are looking in on their lives in real time without them knowing. The Jackie Robinson Marching/Step Band rocks. The realism in this film really catches your attention and the girls are very addictive. Kerry Washington (Save the Last Dance, Bad Company, Lift) is a wonderful remarkable actress. She plays a 15 year old with incredible depth and range, eventhough she was 22 when the movie was filmed. Considering that this was McKay's second film and the three girls' first film, they should have either won some award or at least nominated for an award. I feel if this film was submitted to the Cannes Film Festival it would have been accepted and possibly awarded a prize. Melissa Martinez who played Maria was also good as well as Anna Simpson who played Jocelyn. All these young ladies should definitely consider a full time career (as Washington is doing) in the dramatic arts. A film that everyone must see!!! TWO THUMBS UP."
Realistic and Fresh, Jim McKay's Our Song is sublime
M. Colford | Boston, MA USA | 02/24/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Rarely has there been a more realistic and satisfying film about high school friends as Our Song. Three high school girls living in Brooklyn discover that when summer ends, they will be sent to different schools as their current school will be closing due to an asbestos problem. The way these three friends deal with their respective comings-of-age, and slowly drift apart is unrushed and sensitive. Throw in the terrific marching band routines performed by the Jackie Robinson Steppers, and outstanding performances by the three lead actresses (especially Kerry Washington) and you've got a winner in this film."