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Pariah (2011)

R | | Drama | 20 January 2011 (USA)
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A Brooklyn teenager juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression.

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Dee Rees

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Dee Rees
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adepero Oduye ... Alike
Pernell Walker ... Laura
Aasha Davis ... Bina
Charles Parnell ... Arthur
Sahra Mellesse ... Sharonda
Kim Wayans ... Audrey
Shamika Cotton ... Candace
Raymond Anthony Thomas ... Mack (as Ray Anthony Thomas)
Afton Williamson ... Mika
Zabryna Guevara ... Mrs. Alvarado
Kim Sykes ... Mrs. Singletary
Rob Morgan ... Sock
Nina Daniels ... Gina (a.k.a. Butch Woman)
Jeremie Harris ... Bina's Boyfriend
Chanté Lewis Chanté Lewis ... Fast Girl #1
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A Brooklyn teenager juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression.

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Who do you become when you can't be yourself?

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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This film was partially supported by the Adrienne Shelly Foundation, a nonprofit organization that awards grants to female actors, writers, and/or directors of short films, feature films, and documentaries. The foundation was created by Andy Ostroy, the widower of actress, writer, and director Adrienne Shelly, after Shelly was murdered in 2006 at the age of 40. See more »

Quotes

Mika: Yeah I like girls. But I LOVE boys.
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Connections

Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.21 (2011) See more »

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Give Me Room
Performed by Kandi Cole
Courtesy of BMI Publishing
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Criminally Under-seen
8 May 2012 | by groovymike_16See all my reviews

Such a shame this is so criminally under-seen. What frustrates me the most is this could have and should have been seen by more people. Focus Features really messed up the release of this one. If handled better I could have seen newcomer Adepero Oduye's acclaimed performance as Alike earning her an Academy Award nomination. She's wonderful in the lead role. Even comedy actress (and sister to the Wayans brothers) Kim Wayans may have scored a Supporting Actress nomination for her serious turn as Alike's misguided mother. She makes the transition from comedy to a serious role amazingly well (not unlike Mo'Nique's turn in Precious, though I prefer this less showy role to hers).

I highly recommend seeking this out. It's a great drama with a star-making performance by Adepero Oduye.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 2011 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$450,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$48,579, 1 January 2012

Gross USA:

$769,552

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$769,552
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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