Flying Colors (2015)

  |  Comedy, Drama

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Fact-based tale of a slacker high-school girl, years behind in her studies, who decides to start working hard and pass the entrance exams to a prestigious university in Japan.


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26 December 2018 | kittydream
| Average, with some lulls
Have you ever wanted something so bad you gave everything you have to accomplish it? That is what Flying Colors is all about, perseverance, dedication, strength and will power, all to accomplish your goals. I enjoy the concept, and this movie was by no means poorly done, but I think they could have done a lot more within the frame of an almost 2 hour movie, I think a run time of 1 hour and 30 minutes would have helped this movie out. Essentially this movie ends up being an hour or so of just watching the main character study, where we barely get to even learn anything along with her, we just watch her look at some text books intently. I also had a problem with the teacher as a character. I felt they didnt do much with his character, which does not make sense. He is supposed to be this magical being, almost, that convinces these troubled youths to change their ways and try to learn and do better in academics. But as a character, he sure is boring, not charming, and just completely empty. We didn't know much about him, and I didn't care enough to know more by the end, which is a shame, because they push the dynamic between the main character and the teacher, all throughout the movie, and yet they have no chemistry as student and teacher, and thats because his character is flat and the interactions are nothing special. So the idea that he's supposed to be able to convince these people, who no one else has been able to change for 14 years or more, in like one meeting... it just makes the relationship between everyone seem so fake, because of the basis of how it starts off. I think the story between the main character and her family is the most interesting in all of the movie, and that is not given enough screen time at all. The ending is nice, definitely sweet, which I will give this movie credit for also, it was uplifting, to see someone working so hard for what they want, and prove everyone wrong. But because the character work was not amazing, and development was poorly spaced out through the movie (she tries to change almost immediately and when she decides to stop trying to do well, it only lasts for a few minutes, so there was not enough time to actually believe she was giving up, the drama ended there). If you are interested in a simple, slightly uplifting and motivating movie, with not complex characters and have almost 2 hours to burn, then I'd say go for it, but for me, it was just forgettable

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Release Date:

1 May 2015



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Sakae, Nagoya, Japan

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