Review in Brief: The Half of It (2020)

At first THE HALF OF IT fools you into thinking it’s going to be just another quirky teen romcom. It is so much more layered than that – the story of an over-achiever (Leah Lewis) switching up her homework-for-cash business to helping out a jock (Daniel Diemer) with a love letter goes in some interesting directions. It’s refreshing to see a small town dramedy that doesn’t mock Christian beliefs – religion is very important to this community, every major character goes to church on a Sunday and while their views may be conservative, they don’t seem so small-minded that they would go in with pitchforks if what has gone on with their young people came out, that they would forgive eventually. Don’t expect a happy ending with a bow on it, but rather a hopeful hovering question mark. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

I'm not paid to write about film - I do it because I love it. Favourite filmmakers include Bong Joon-ho, Danny Boyle, the Coen Brothers, Nicolas Winding Refn, Clio Barnard, Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro, Paul Verhoeven, Taika Waititi and Edgar Wright. All reviews and articles are original works written and owned by me. They represent one man's opinion, and I'm more than happy to engage in civilised debate if you disagree.
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