What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Our Song is the honest, insightful, and positive coming-of-age story of three high school girls. While almost all of the characters are African-American, Latino, or of mixed race, their stories and feelings are typical of kids of all ethnicities. The film considers boy-girl relationships, pregnancy, abortion, and birth control, as well as the broader issues of family, self-respect, and growing up. Underage teens at a party consume marijuana and alcohol, but there is no resulting drunkenness or negative behavior shown. Swearing is frequent: "f--k," "s--t," "ass." It's a thought-provoking film, without much plotting, focused more on character than event.
Families can talk about the story's structure and substance. Would you say that the movie resolved or had clear endings for each of the three leading characters? How do you feel about movies that leave some questions unanswered? Try to imagine what would happen to Lanisha, Maria, and Joycelyn over the next years.
What techniques are used to make the characters of Lanisha, Maria, and Joycelyn seem real? Does the language seem true-to-life? Do the problems the girls faced feel authentic?
Think about the families. What did they have in common? How were they different? Did getting to know their parents give you insight into how each of the girls would deal with their problems?