Alice Wu’s Saving Face is one of the best lesbian romcoms of all time. Sorry, excuse me – Alice Wu’s Saving Face is one of the best movies of all time PERIOD.
It’s hard to explain why Saving Face is so special, which is why I usually just insist that people watch it. The last week alone I’ve convinced two people to watch it and both of them responded with something like: HOW HAD I NOT HEARD OF THIS MOVIE BEFORE??
One reason Saving Face is special is for many years it was Alice Wu’s only film. But now – almost 16 years after it first premiered at TIFF – that’s about to change. Alice Wu’s The Half Of It is coming to Netflix on May 1st.
AND OH MY GOD I AM SO EXCITED.
The trailer dropped today and you really must watch it. Leah Lewis stars as Ellie Chu, a shy, introverted, Chinese-American, straight-A student who accidentally falls for the girl she’s helping a school jock woo. Yes, this is a coming-of-age lesbian teen romcom, and, yes, I did cry tears of joy in the first minute of the trailer.
When Wu was trying to make Saving Face, studios tried to convince her to make it straight and white. Then just white. Then just a little white. Wu refused and refused and refused maintaining the integrity and specificity of her script. Maybe that’s why it’s taken so long for Wu to make another movie. She’s willing to wait to make movies the way she wants to make them with the types of characters she wants to see on-screen.
And now here we are just a few weeks away from a new Alice Wu movie!! I’m obviously very excited and, hey, I think you should be too. Watch the trailer below!
The Half Of It arrives on Netflix on May 1st.