Earl Sinclair: Now here’s a man, walks into a post office in Shaker Heights, pulls out a gun, shoots everybody, then turns the gun on himself and shoots himself. You don’t think that’s terrible?
Loretta Sinclair: Of course I think it’s terrible.
Earl Sinclair: Hmm.
Loretta Sinclair: But where we live, that kind of shooting happen every day, but nobody be on the news and in the paper talking about what a tragedy it is.
Somehow I missed this film when it was first in theaters and just saw it for the first time a few weeks back at a screening at the Cinefamily with writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood in attendance. This look at the film will be partially my thoughts on the film and a some of the insights she shared with the audience during the Q&A after the film. There will be some plot spoilers.
I actually talked a little bit about this film earlier this week on my new video series on YouTube, but I wanted to write about it as well because I fell head over heels for this film. It was written by Kriss Turner and directed by Sanaa Hamri and as far as I can tell, this is both women’s only feature film to date, which is a real shame. This film follows the rom-com structure perfectly, but is also full of wonderfully layered characters and packed with social/racial commentary.