If you’re looking to watch the perfect modern-day coming-of-age movie, put The Half Of It on your watch list. It’s emotional, it’s humorous, it’s light-hearted—basically it’s the perfect teen movie you’ve been looking for.
The dramedy stars Leah Lewis (who plays Ellie Chu), a shy, straight-A student who is hired by Paul Munsky (played by Daniel Diemer) to write love letters to help him win the heart of a popular girl. The pair forms an unlikely friendship, but it gets complicated when Ellie finds herself falling for the same girl.
The movie is directed by Alice Wu, who wanted to showcase the different forms of love and give a twist to the regular romantic trope. “I do think as a society, and certainly in stories, it’s all romantic love—there seems to be this thing where you have to find the person you’re gonna marry, and once you do, your life is complete. If you don’t, then you will die alone.”
She adds, “But as I got older, I realised there’s much more nuances than that. And that romantic love is certainly important—it’s no less important—but it’s not any more important than all these other forms.”
We spoke to Leah and Alice over Google Hangout (because, circuit breaker) to get more details on the movie, which launches globally on Netflix today.
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