Movie Review – The Sun Is Also a Star (2019)

The Sun Is Also a Star, 2019.

Directed by Ry Russo-Young.

Starring Yara Shahidi, Charles Melton, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Miriam A. Hyman, Jake Choi, Cathy Shim, Keong Sim, Jordan Williams, and Camrus Johnson.


A teenager finds love at a difficult time in her family’s life.

Surprisingly, The Sun Is Also a Star was only written by one person, because if there were multiple names attached it would have offered up an explanation as to how this teen romance can repeatedly alternate between genuinely touching while making effective use of its diverse minority leads, and business as usual for the genre complete with predictability, dumb characters, clichés, overkill on the false endings, and a few scenes so embarrassing and out of touch with the rest of the narrative that it’s baffling anyone thought they were a good idea.

It’s also written by a woman and directed by one (Ry

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