THE HALF OF IT

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INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS — FILM #4 of 33
FEBRUARY 21, 2021
NETFLIX

BEST SCREENPLAY
Alice Wu

Film Synopsis

Shy, straight-A student Ellie is hired by sweet but inarticulate jock Paul, who needs help winning over a popular girl. But their new and unlikely friendship gets complicated when Ellie discovers she has feelings for the same girl.

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Alice Wu turns a small-town love triangle on its head with “The Half Of It.” She obviously has a connection to these characters because they feel authentic. There’s truth to their struggles, and it makes you feel for them. Personally, some of the casting choices may have harmed the film more than the screenplay, but Alice’s work is still able to shine through.

Talk about a small fish in a big pond. Facing some stiff competition in the Best Screenplay, widely beloved films like “Minari” and “Promising Young Woman” are going to steal the spotlight. If I were a betting man, my money would be on the latter. Also, “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” is an independent darling, so it should not be counted out. But I see the chances for “The Half Of It” being pretty slim.

BEST SCREENPLAY
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1. “The Half Of It” — Alice Wu

RELEASE DATE
May 1, 2020

DIRECTOR
Alice Wu

WRITTEN BY
Alice Wu

STUDIO
Netflix

PG-13
(for brief language and teen drinking)

COMEDY
DRAMA
ROMANCE

108 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Greta Zozula

COMPOSER
Anton Sanko

EDITOR
Ian Blume
Lee Percy

CAST
Leah Lewis
Daniel Diemer
Alexxis Lemire
Wolfgang Novogratz
Collin Chou
Becky Ann Baker
Enrique Murciano
Catherine Curtin
Alec Tincher
Bonnie Flannery

PRODUCED BY
Anthony Bregman
M. Blair Breard
Alice Wu

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