An illegal immigrant family in America facing deportation
The American dream
Emotional manipulation by filmmakers
Reference to “deus ex machina”—“a person or thing in fiction or drama that appears or is introduced suddenly and unexpectedly and provides a contrived solution to an apparently insoluble difficulty”
The question of whether to follow one’s own dreams or those of your parent(s)
Teens disobeying parents and the boundaries they set
The New Age idea that one should open their heart to “destiny” —and rely on its direction in their life / chosing to be open to “fate”
Reference to the idea of there being a multiverse—multipled realities
Astronomy in the Bible
Yara Shahidi … Natasha Kingsley
Charles Melton … Daniel Bae
Faith Logan … Commuter
Gbenga Akinnagbe … Samuel Kingsley
Jake Choi … Charlie Bae
Cathy Shim … Min Soo Bae
Camrus Johnson … Omar
Anais Lee … Young Natasha
Matt Post … Daniel's Family Member
Miriam A. Hyman … Patricia Kingsley
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Warner Bros. Pictures
Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “Over the course of a single day in New York City, two teenagers who have nothing in common randomly meet and fall in love. Natasha is a practical young woman trying to keep her family from being deported in a matter of hours. Daniel is a poet at heart, but on this day he is dutifully making good on his familial commitment to a college interview. The two are inexplicably drawn to each other and somehow their paths keep converging. The Sun is Also a Star is a thought-provoking story of possibility, fate, and the illogical beauty of love.
This film is based on the best-selling young adult novel of the same name written by Nicola Yoon about a teenager who finds love at a difficult time in her family’s life.
Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.
Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.
The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?”
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