Asian American screenwriter and filmmaker Alice Wu brings us a twist in the classic tale of love. The Half of It starting Leah Lewis, Daniel Diermer, and Alexxis Lemire tells the tale of a shy “nerd” who uses her smarts and writing skills to help a jock finally talk to his crush. Sounds familiar? Of course. The twist? the nerd, a young Asian immigrant, and the jock love the same girl!
This complex narrative that encompasses everything from the immigrant experience, grief, to religion and philosophy, is wrapped in a heartfelt, smart, and realistic coming of age teen drama.
Let’s talk about the immigrant experience as seen on The Half of It.