Lanisha (Kerry Washington), Joycelyn (Anna Simpson), and Maria (Melissa Martinez) are best friends, Brooklyn natives, and members of the Jackie Robinson Steppers Marching Band. What starts off as another great summer becomes a season of change and difficulty for them all, as news that their high school will be shut down due to asbestos forces them to make some hard choices. With this one change, the girls soon learn just how different they are in their morals, hopes, and dreams.
Lanisha is enrolling in a new school several miles away in a different school district, the cost of transportation weighing heavy on her low-income parents. Joycelyn is tired of feeling like the third wheel and starts exploring new friendships, and Maria finds out that she’s pregnant. Between her pregnancy, her relationship with her dismissive, abusive family, and the cyclical poverty that the three girls share, Maria knows that she doesn’t want to terminate her pregnancy, but she must decide whether to continue her education. The girls all have different families, different goals, and different interests, but this hasn’t ever come close to being an issue, until now, and the girls are feeling the distance between them grow wider.
Charming and an oftentimes painful drama, Our Song uses everyday situations to illustrate how even the smallest actions and words said (an unsaid) can impact a friendship for the better or worse, and highlights just how difficult it can be to keep a friendship alive when life is pulling you in separate directions.
I give this one 4.25 stars