In a time when we can all use a little more love, Alice Wu has hopped back into the director’s chair to give us Netflix coming-of-age dramedy The Half of It which released its first trailer ahead of its May 1 debut.
This marks the return of Wu, who also directed the critically acclaimed 2004 romantic drama Saving Face. Penned by Wu, the story follows introvert Ellie Chu (Leah Lewis) who lives a content life watching movies with her father and running her own essay-writing business that serves her high school classmates — who don’t exactly treat her the best way. Things take a turn when jock Paul Munsky (Daniel Diemer) hires her to craft love notes to the popular girl Aster Flores (Alexxis Lemire) — who also happens to be her own secret crush. As their plan begins to unfold, Ellie and Paul develop a deep, unlikely friendship neither could have anticipated, giving rise to a surprising love triangle.
In a statement, Wu said about her new film: “So here I am, staring down the barrel of mid-life, having just made a movie about teenagers. Now that it’s done, I can see a few things more clearly. For one: I used to think there was only one way to love. That A plus B minus C equals Love. Now that I’m older, I see there are more. So many more ways to love than I had ever imagined.”
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