“The Half of It” is a teen romantic comedy movie. The movie had been set to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival which was scheduled to begin next week before the COVID-19 pandemic forced widespread cancellations across festivals, productions concert tours, and movie releases. The show creators Alice Wu imbues both a feelgood quality and a tender authenticity to this coming of age take on Cyrano de Bergerac.
And Of course, now everyone’s in a perfect position to watch movies on Netflix which was a major draw for the filmmaker when she was first seeking financing and had to choose where to set up the project. The new movie joins Netflix’s expanding roster of live-action teen-focused movies like Tall Girl and A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting.
As the follow up to the Sony Pictures classics release Saving Face, The Half of It is described by Netflix as a modern-day Cyrano-meets-Pygmalion in which a shy, introverted, Chinese-American straight-A students finds herself helping the school jock woo the girl they both secretly love.
The screencast includes Leah Lewis as Ellie Chu, Daniel Diemer as Paul Munksy, Alexxis Lemire as Aster Flores, Becky Ann Baker as Mrs. Geselschap, Catherine Curtin as Colleen Munsky, Wolfgang Novogratz as Trig Carson and Enrique Murciano as Deacon Flores.
THE HALF OF IT STORYLINE
A triangle of a teenager’s crushes connects 2 girls and a guy in this engaging high school dramedy. Ellie Chu as Leah Lewis is a queer straight. Likely story’s slate of projects includes Charlie Kaufman’s I’m Thinking of Ending Things at Netflix, Downhill with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell at Searchlight, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the heights musical at Warner Brothers and the Netflix TV shoe Living with Yourself starring Paul Rudd and directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris.