Normally, on the weekends that my wife works all weekend (Every other weekend, three 12 hour night shifts back to back), I work a mid shift on Friday and Saturday and play catch up around the house on Sunday. We both get Thursday off together in those weeks though (and Saturday and Sunday off together in the opposite weeks) so it’s not so bad. We had a great day together this past Thursday then she was off to work Friday and Saturday. I, on the other hand, in a moment of “team spirit gone horribly wrong” agreed earlier in the week to let my employer switch my work days this week. I was off yesterday (Saturday) and I’m working today (Sunday) and then Monday through Friday. It’s going to be a long week!
Still, I can’t remember the last time I was off on a Saturday night that my wife had to work… It’s been a while! I spent the morning running errands and doing laundry while she slept after her Friday night shift and I made her dinner and then, as she walked out the door, I pondered what to do with myself for the next 6 hours or so. Being married and always having something to do together on Saturday night is awesome! I’ll never take it for granted again, pinkie swear!
Since I had to work the next six days, I decided I had better take it easy. I had stuff to do for my son anyway (graduation announcements), so I thought; let me watch one of those “drama” movies I love that would just totally lull her to sleep while I get some things done. I chose a movie I heard about more than a year ago but that I just never got around to watching, Pariah. I’m really glad I took the time to check it out.
Pariah is the story of black teenager, Alike (played by Adepero Oduye), the daughter of Aurthur and Audrey (Charles Parnell and the multi-talented Kim Wayans). It’s been billed as a “coming of age tale” but, despite other reviews you may read to the contrary, it’s not a “typical” one. This time we have, as I said, a black female lead. There are precious few coming of age movies that center around young black women. Rarer still are those that center around a young black women that is coming out to herself, her friends and her family as a lesbian and all that, that entails. That’s the crux of this movie.
To say anymore would give key plot points away here. Honestly, I knew too much myself going in because I probably read more of the Amazon reviews about the film than I should have. I do that though just because I like to read the take of people who really liked it and people who really hated it. You know what? There were many more likes than hates and, frankly, the haters did not seem to realize what the main “theme” of Pariah was. Most seemed shocked that it was about lesbian teenagers or had LGBT themes. A couple even mentioned that they were upset about sexual content (Um, hello, it’s rated “R”). Most of the detractors had little or nothing to say about the quality of the movie, itself.
Check this one out and judge it for yourself. It’s available on DVD, Blu-Ray and Instant Video.