I really, really enjoyed this film! It definitely felt like what John Singleton's Juice would've been if it were written in 2019 with black female leads. Such strong content that examines the modern issues of the school system. In addition to reminding me of Juice, I totally got crazy, popular girl vibes from Selah as if she was from the film Cruel Intentions. By synthesizing these two titles, I found this movie to be delightful and beautifully dark.
It included a lot of film conventions that are surfacing more frequently in black filmmakers' works such as the composition, use of certain tones of blue, green, and brown, and the lingering stare into the camera that you see in FX's Atlanta and Netflix's Dear White People series. When I noticed this, I was already hooked. Besides these stylistic compliments, the characters in the film were incredible. The duality of Selah and her internal conflict was strong, however, I wished there were more scenes with her mother. Also, the sexuality in this film is minimal, which is refreshing but it's also frustrating. If there was a clear detection of whether Selah was asexual or if Paloma was into Selah or not, I would've felt more fulfilled near the end. Lastly, I reviewed who directed this and she's fairly new when it comes to big releases. That's not a diss, I actually really respect this movie even more because of how new she is (to most people's radars at least). Because of this, we all should be excited about whatever she makes next. I'm sure it'll be a hit!