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The Sun Is Also a Star (2019)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 17 May 2019 (USA)
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A hopeless romantic ambivalent about his future in medical school falls for a hard-luck young woman who doesn't believe in love.


Ry Russo-Young


Tracy Oliver (screenplay), Nicola Yoon (novel)
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Cast overview:
Yara Shahidi ... Natasha Kingsley
Anais Lee ... Young Natasha
Charles Melton ... Daniel Jae Ho Bae
John Leguizamo ... Jeremy Martinez
Gbenga Akinnagbe ... Samuel Kingsley
Miriam A. Hyman ... Patricia Kingsley
Jordan Williams ... Peter Kingsley
Jake Choi ... Charles Bae
Keong Sim ... Dae Hyun Bae
Cathy Shim ... Min Soo Bae
Shamika Cotton ... Hannah
Camrus Johnson ... Omar Hassabala
Hill Harper ... Lester Barnes
Harry Chambarry ... Angry Passenger


Natasha is a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. She is not the type of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when her family is twelve hours away from being deported. Falling in love with him will not be her story. Daniel has always been the good son, the good student, living up to his parents' high expectations. Never a poet. Or a dreamer. But when he sees her, he forgets all that. Something about Natasha makes him think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store - for both of them. Every moment has brought them to this single moment. A million futures lie before them. Which one will come true?

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Love is a Universe All of Its Own


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some suggestive content and language | See all certifications »






Release Date:

17 May 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sun Is Also a Star See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA


Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,511,530, 19 May 2019, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,486,824, 23 May 2019

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,935,530, 19 May 2019
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Charles Melton is of half Korean and British descent in real life. See more »

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Romantic teen film with clashing personalities and cultures.

The Sun Is Also a Star is a new romantic drama directed by Ry Russo-Young, the director of You Wont Miss Me and Before I Fall. The film is also based on the book of the same name by writer Nicola Yoon.

The film is about the girl Natasha Kingsley (Yara Shahidi). She is very realistic and believes that everything happens with science and facts and can be explained. That way she doesn't believe in love or destiny When the cultural romanticist Daniel Bae (Charles Melton) saves her, the two feel a bit like each other. Daniel thinks fate has brought them together, but Natasha doesn't want to believe this. She gives Daniel one day to prove this, but she actually does this because she has heard that she and her family can no longer stay in America. Natasha has one more day to try to do something about the eviction. She must also ignore her feelings for Daniel, because there is no such thing as a soul mate according to science.

Nicola Yoon has based her book somewhat on her own relationship, because just like the characters, she and her husband are of Asian and Jamaican descent. Just like the characters in the film, she had a clash of cultures in her relationship. None of them have had immigration problems. She only came up with this for the story.

Despite the fact that the film is somewhat different compared to the book, the film may seem familiar to adult viewers. This is because the film is somewhat similar to the films The Big Sick and Serendipity. Just like the book, this film is aimed more at teenagers. In the story of the film, many things often happen a little too coincidentally, so that the story of the film progresses a bit. For adult viewers this can come across as unbelievable after the umpteenth time.

The story of the film is set in New York and the film is portrayed in a beautiful way. The film does, for example, have some images of the beautiful, well-known locations and it sometimes comes across as a photographic tourist trip through New York. Some of these scenes are meant as romantic scenes where the two main characters look at each other for a long time. These scenes seem to go on for a bit too long so that the songs that are played during these scenes can also be heard to a large extent.

The chemistry between the two main characters is highlighted in the film. Both are known as TV actors from different TV series. This is sometimes reflected in their acting and especially in scenes in which the two do not really act together. Teenagers probably won't be annoyed by this, but older viewers might. For example, some older viewers may not always take the relationship in the film seriously. According to the film, the two main characters would also be in high school in their final year, but because of the older age of the actors, it seems more like they are already students.

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