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March 31, 2003

Our America

I recently watched the film Our America. This film tells the true story of two youths growing up in and around a Chicago housing project. They are chosen to tell the story of their lives on tape which is then assembled into a story for NPR. Some community leaders felt that they had been exploited because the story they told was not very uplifting.

Not long after, the housing project is the scene of a horrific crime perpetrated by two young kids. The boys, who are the focus of the movie, then resume their roles as reporters, to examine the story in a way that outsiders can't. Eventually, they win several prestigious awards for the resulting story.

While the story is fascinating, there is something about the script or the acting that makes the movie come across as not as good as the underlying story. I am still glad I saw it though. On my scale of 1-100, I rate it a 74.

For a complete list of my ratings go to Mike's Movie Ratings .

Posted by tmichael at March 31, 2003 07:53 PM