The pressures of fame have superstar singer Noni on the edge, until she meets Kaz, a young cop who works to help her find the courage to develop her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be.
Romance ignites between a troubled young singer on the cusp of stardom, and a handsome young cop with political ambitions in this drama about the power of walking your own path. Noni Jean (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is a talented singer whose ethereal voice has taken the world of music by storm. A glimpse beneath the surface, however, reveals a girl who's cracking under the pressure to top the charts. When Noni tries to end it all, concerned cop Kaz Nicol (Nate Parker) pulls her back from the ledge, and shows her that life is still worth living. Along the way, Noni and Kaz fall head over heels in love. Meanwhile, the powers that be conspire to keep them apart as well as focused on their respective careers. But without Kaz's love, Noni may never find her true voice..
Noni Jean was originally written as an American, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw auditioned for the role with an American accent. However, after hearing her speak in her natural accent, Gina Prince-Bythewood rewrote the character to make her English. See more »
Captain Nicol refers to his son Kaz's dog as male (saying he's fed) however, Noni says to Kaz's dog "hey girl". See more »
So, Officer, what are you gonna do with your fifteen minutes?
Of fame. I bet you're gonna pull in a lot of chicks with this whole sexy, hero cop thing.
Don't do that. Two hours ago you were trying to drop twelve floors.
And you were screaming, "I see you!" So... just what do you see?
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Self-Image And Confidence Are More Important Than Lights And Fame
Saw Beyond the Lights starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker, and Minnie Driver! "Noni" played by Raw grows-up with a dream to sing and when she finally gets to super-stardom, dealing with the pressures of fame, her Manager Mother "Macy Jean" played by Driver, and influences from the Rap Music Industry puts her over the edge until she meets her savior "Kaz" the cop played by Parker who puts her life back on track.
"Kaz" helps "Noni" retreat from her controlling manager mom, the paparazzi, and music industry to take some time to reflect upon where she came from until the very moment when her career took off. After a long struggle with her self-image, being told what to do and how to do it from her manager mother and record label, "Kaz" helps "Noni" gain the courage she needs to develop her own thoughts and voice which ultimately sets her free like a "Black Bird" to become the musical artist she was meant to be, instead of what others wanted her to be.
My cinema score is 8/10! This Romantic drama Film is a great date-night movie with so many important life messages regarding self-image, being happy, love & success, so take your boo to go see it! #maverickradio
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