The Half Of It is a movie written by Alice Wu. This Netflix special stars Leah Lewis as the lead character, Ellie Chu, alongside Daniel Diemer, Alexxis Lemire, and Collin Chou. This comedy-drama movie follows Ellie as she navigates being an isolated, socially awkward, quick-witted teen, and the only POC one in the fictitious small town of Squamish, Washington, US.
The movie dives into the world of teenage love, sexual orientation, and friendships with such subtlety that these themes do not overshadow the story, but rather build on the characters as their layers are peeled back with each of the scenes.
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While it leads the viewers to believe that they are watching a traditional love story, it actually reveals a different kind of romance by showcasing the importance of companionship for the young adults – especially those with different sexual orientations.
The story also examines the significance of self-appreciation, self-love, and self-care, which ultimately leads to true happiness. The actors in the movie fit their roles perfectly and are brought to life through a wonderful story that has not been told before.
In an interview on May 1, Lewis said that most people think that a love story has an equation, and that is usually the boy meets the girl, girl meets the boy, or a girl meets a girl.
Well, in this case, it is a self-love story because these characters do not really end up with each other, but at the very end, they end up with something. For Lewis, that is even more valuable than just finding your other half, it is like finding a part of yourself along the way. It is a love story, and it is not just a romance story.