(2019) (Yara Shahidi, Charles Melton) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: A teenager tries to convince a stranger that he can get her to fall in love with him in twenty-four hours, unaware that she and her family are set to be deported the following day.
- While high school senior Natasha Kingsley (YARA SHAHIDI) dreams of a career in the field of science, her immediate focus is on the fact that she, her younger brother, and their parents -- Samuel (GBENGA AKINNAGBE) and Patricia (MIRIAM A. HYMAN) -- are going to be deported from New York City back to Jamaica tomorrow. When an immigration official says he can't help but a pro bono lawyer he knows, Jeremy Martinez (JOHN LEGUIZAMO), might be her only chance, Natasha sets a last minute appointment with that man.
Unbeknownst to her, fellow high school senior Daniel Bae (CHARLES MELTON) has set his sights on her due to what he believes is serendipity. Unlike his older brother, Charlie (JAKE CHOI), Daniel has been destined since just after birth by their South Korean immigrant parents, Dae Hyun Bae (KEONG SIM) and Min Soo Bae (CATHY SHIM), to become a doctor and he has an important interview that could help him be accepted to Dartmouth.
Daniel finally meets Natasha in person when he saves her from being hit by a speeding car in a crosswalk and the two end up talking and learning something about each other. He learns that she's pragmatic, believes everything should be able to be explained by the scientific method, and that love is just an attribute humans have applied to the work of hormones.
Conversely, and being a poet at heart, he believes in romantic destiny and sets out to prove that he can make her fall in love with him in just twenty-four hours. With a little time to kill before her meeting with the lawyer, she tolerates his challenge, knowing full well that even if he somehow manages to succeed, she likely will have to leave the country she's been in for nine years the next day.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Since it features two teenagers as the leads, it's a decent bet teens will be interested in it.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For some suggestive content and language.
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