Fifteen years after the murder of his older sister, Daniel finds himself falling for Cassie, a vivacious high school senior.


Kerem Sanga


Kerem Sanga
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jovan Adepo ... Daniel
Grace Van Patten ... Cassie
Lukas Haas ... Joseph
Mary J. Blige ... Nina
Kimberly Williams-Paisley ... Helen
Jahi Di'Allo Winston ... Aaron
Jordan Preston Carter ... Young Daniel
Cress Williams ... Lee
Rayven Symone Ferrell ... Wendy
Markus Silbiger Markus Silbiger ... Bradley
Jeff Pearson ... Nathan
Nick Cimorelli Nick Cimorelli ... Kent
Carrie Tillis ... Senator Massey
Mykie Fisher Mykie Fisher ... Lt. Col. Kane
Rebecca Lines ... Abigail


Fifteen years after the murder of his older sister, Daniel finds himself falling for Cassie, a vivacious high school senior.

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Definitely Worth Seeing.
20 February 2021 | by Jim_ScreechySee all my reviews

I more ore less came upon this film by accident, but was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it. I think the title is a little misleading and certainly misplaced, but fortunately I somehow managed to get past it and I'm glad I did.

It has a pretty decent script, plot, and is well directed. For the most part it's a fairly simple tale well told of the meeting of two young people and how that develops with the complicated pasts that lies beneath their family history. Its an intriguing and well paced plot with a soft curve that ramps up evenly as the movie progresses.

A solid cast does a good job bedding you into the tale as it unfolds with subtle infusions of drama that add to its complexity. Jordan Carter does a great job with the portrayal of younger Daniel, however I think that Jovan Adepo who plays the older version of Daniel is miscast here. Throughout the film he seems somewhat distant and subdued and even when violence erupts from him, his manner always seems a little understated. His counterpoint in the film Cassie, played by Grace Van Patten, falls for him for really no reason that I can fathom, and the affection she has towards him seems misplaced given there is such little depth to his personality. I'm never convinced of the supposed bond that exists between them, or at least of the reasons for the affection she has for him.

The plot unfolds with some very interesting developments and with normal teens some rebellious behaviour ensues, bur fortunately here its not used to sour the character played by Van Patten. The film uses black and white actors in realistically separated lifestyles, and not in some idealistic homogenous social cocktail that is all too often employed to depict diversity. However its done without some of the more unpalatable racial overtones that so many films use to add tension and spice to the screenplay. Its been done well and gives the film an air of a unique viewpoint of events as things unfold and the lives become entwined.

I liked it. The story stuck with me for some time after I watched it, and that's always a good sign that it had positive impact. I think 7/10 is a pretty fair rating, possibly a little high given the reservations I had with the lead, but I'll let that slide.

Its a good film definitely worth watching.

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