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Genre Drama
Running Time 90 min
Release Date Dec 28, 2011
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Pariah

Alike (pronounced "ah-lee-kay") is a 17-year-old African-American woman who lives with her parents and younger sister in Brooklyn's Fort Greene neighborhood, and she is quietly but firmly embracing her identity as a lesbian. With the support of her best friend Laura, Alike is especially eager to find a girlfriend. Wondering how much she can confide in her family, she strives to get through adolescence with grace, humor, and tenacity -- sometimes succeeding, sometimes not, but always moving forward.

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Virgins in the movies tend to be pert blondes. Or they look like Jason Biggs, Jonah Hill, and Michael Cera. Adepero Oduye is what they almost never look like: a dark-skinned, strong-faced teenager. Oduye stars in “Pariah,’’ about a 17-year-old Brooklyn lesbian named Alike Freeman. Alike - (it’s pronounced “Ah-LEE-kay’’) - surveys the available peers and role models and more or less asks: Is this all there is? She’s undersexed and wants to change that. But, like the boys in movies, she isn’t sure how to pull it off.

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