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Moonlight (2016)

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A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

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Three time periods - young adolescence, mid-teen and young adult - in the life of black-American Chiron is presented. When a child, Chiron lives with his single, crack addict mother Paula in a crime ridden neighborhood in Miami. Chiron is a shy, withdrawn child largely due to his small size and being neglected by his mother, who is more concerned about getting her fixes and satisfying her carnal needs than taking care of him. Because of these issues, Chiron is bullied, the slurs hurled at him which he doesn't understand beyond knowing that they are meant to be hurtful. Besides his same aged Cuban-American friend Kevin, Chiron is given what little guidance he has in life from a neighborhood drug dealer named Juan, who can see that he is neglected, and Juan's caring girlfriend Teresa, whose home acts as a sanctuary away from the bullies and away from Paula's abuse. With this childhood as a foundation, Chiron may have a predetermined path in life, one that will only be magnified in terms... Written by Huggo

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Rated R for some sexuality, drug use, brief violence, and language throughout | See all certifications »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,488,740 (USA) (18 November 2016)

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$27,850,912 (USA) (28 April 2017)
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During an interview, director Barry Jenkins mentioned that the idea of using the song Every N----r Is A Star by Boris Gardiner came from a sample from Kendrick Lamar's album To Pimp A Butterfly which starts with a sample of the original song. See more »

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At around 1h 04m 30s, when Chiron is entering the school and opens the second door pushing the emergency handle, the scene is instantly cut to show the room from the inside to see him enter, but, when he does enter, the door can clearly be seen being pulled, not pushed. See more »

Quotes

Paula: I need some money.
Chiron: For what?
Paula: That's my business! Don't you ask me no shit like that!
Chiron: [mumbling] I don't have any money.
Paula: No, no, don't lie to me boy! I'm your mama! That bitch over there ain't no kin yeah? I'm your blood! Remember?
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Paula: I ain't feeling good. I need something to help me out.
Paula: [sobbing] Come on baby. Come on baby.
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Written by Sam Knott
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Courtesy of The Numero Group
By Arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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Barely Average
10 March 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was quite disappointed by this movie, there is nothing special about it whatsoever. I can only think the Oscar nominations were driven by more than a little political correctness as the lead is black and gay.

From the start it's so slow that a few coffees may well be needed to keep you awake. In Part 3 the lead is quite miscast and bears almost no relation to the boy in Part 2.

The only saving grace - it's well shot with beautiful colours, that's not enough though.


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