Terry Hunter reviews THE HALF OF IT

A new film called THE HALF OF IT (Netflix) is a wise, heartfelt, and highly original comedy-drama about a Chinese-American high school senior who is the only Asian student in her small town school. What makes her life even more difficult is that she’s hiding the fact that she’s gay. Leah Lewis (who was born in Shanghai) plays the smart, talented Ellie Chu. Her classmate, Paul, pays her to write a love letter from him to Aster, a girl that Ellie herself is attracted to. As Ellie tells the audience, “In case you haven’t guessed, this is not a love story.” What makes the movie special is that although the three main characters don’t get what they want, they do form friendships that greatly improve their lives. (Directed by Alice Wu) terryhunter70@hotmail.com

Terry Hunter reviews THE HALF OF IT