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Beauty

Country: United States, Language: English, 95 mins

  • Director: Andrew Dosunmu
  • Writer: Lena Waithe
  • Producer: Michael Ellenberg; Rishi Rajani; Lena Waithe

CGiii Comment

She doesn't sing!

She's not Whitney Houston.

And...lesbians don't kiss, they rub noses.

Nothing quite like treating your audience as if they were complete and utter buffoons. Did we mention...she doesn't sing a note in the entire film. Yet, the film is all about her incredible gawd-given voice. Just when she's about to let it all out, CUT! Moving on... 

Instead, we are served numerous clips of yesteryear's divas, including an impenetrable performance by Ella Fitzgerald and that gawd-awful 'Jesus Is a Love Song'.

Call it fan fiction...call it what you want, Lena Waithe has written a shabby, unofficial bio-pic without any disguise whatsoever. Duh!

It all boils down to being a cauldron of bible-bashing, greed, jealousy and nose-rubbing...with the nose-rubbing being the only creative and imaginative aspect to this whole feckless folly.


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The(ir) Blurb...

A gifted young Black woman struggles to maintain her voice and identity after she's offered a lucrative recording contract. Penned by Emmy winner Lena Waithe (Master of None, The Chi), Andrew Dosunmu's fourth feature Beauty stars Gracie Marie Bradley as the title character, an up-and-coming singer in a relationship with a butch lesbian (Aleyse Shannon) The film co-stars screen veterans Sharon Stone and Giancarlo Esposito and should hit Netflix sometime later this year.

Cast & Characters

Sharon Stone
Giancarlo Esposito
James Urbaniak
Niecy Nash
Micheal Ward
Joey Bada$$
Aleyse Shannon as Jasmine
Andre Ozim as oung Pastor Colman
Gracie Marie Bradley as Beauty
Carla Carvalho as Church Lady
Cory Stonebrook
Kyle Bary as Abel
Aaron Morton as Bartender
Alan R. Walker as Mr. Douglass
David Blake