Early 2000s queers undoubtedly remember Alice Wu’s charming rom-com “Saving Face.” Now, the beloved director is back with a follow-up movie being produced by Netflix. The streaming service announced that it will begin production on a new teen rom-com from Wu titled “The Half Of It.”
Netflix describes “The Half Of It,” as “a modern-day Cyrano-meets-Pygmalion.” In the movie, “a shy, introverted, Chinese-American, straight-A student finds herself helping the school jock woo the girl they both secretly love. In the process, each teaches the other about the nature of love as they find connection in the most unlikely of places.”
I think we should all be able to see where this is going. Inevitably the subject of the letters will fall for the letter writer and not the jock, right? That’s how it plays out in “Cyrano,” anyway. What is clear is that we definitely have the possibility of a full-fledged lesbian love story streaming on Netflix, which we will undoubtedly binge from the comfort of our couches while the movie stirs up all those inevitable ~high school feels.~
The amazing-sounding cast includes Leah Lewis (“Charmed”) as Ellie Chu, Daniel Diemer (“Sacred Lies”) as Paul Munksy, Alexxis Lemire (“The Other Mother”) as Aster Flores, Becky Ann Baker (“Girls”) as Mrs. Geselschap, Catherine Curtin (“Orange is the New Black”) as Colleen Munsky, Wolfgang Novogratz (“Sierra Burgess is a Loser”) as Trig Carson, and Enrique Murciano (“Bloodline”) as Deacon Flores. We can’t wait to see how they play together on screen.
If you just can’t wait for “The Half Of It” to come out and need to catch up on your Alice Wu right now, “Saving Face” is available to stream on Amazon Video, or you can do like the lesbians of the early 2000s did and find an old copy on DVD to watch while laying on your bed with your face practically touching your laptop screen.