Sunny

 (101)4.31 h 55 min201818+
Based in the early 90s in Washington DC, this film tells the heartfelt life story of a girl named "Sunny". Like many young girls growing up in an urban community, with the lack of family, Sunny is forced to fend for herself in the violent and rugged streets of DC. Several connected households reveal a highly anticipated ending.
Directors
Usman Taiwo
Starring
Tyra SmithUsman "TayDon" Taiwo
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Drama
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English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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3.3 out of 5 stars

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Rashid DardenReviewed in the United States on March 3, 2019
2.0 out of 5 starsYikes
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I'm a native Washingtonian, so when I read the description of this film I knew I had to see it. I thought it might be a nice little indie film in the tradition of Money Matters from Ryan Richmond a few years back.

This movie is not like that at all. I really wanted to like it, but there wasn't a whole lot that could save it.

I will start with some positives though: I like that it is technically a period piece. The characters are close to the age I would have been in the 90s, so it felt somewhat familiar. The costuming was fairly accurate, too, especially for the young ladies.

I liked how several of the actors had strong DC accents, but I wish this was consistent across the board. The inclusion of go-go music was a nice touch! Definitely added to the authenticity of it being set in DC. Finally, I loved how they filmed at Takoma Station Tavern--a music venue and bar well-known to Washingtonians, especially Uptowners.

Now for the three things that killed the movie: script, acting, and cinematography.

The most interesting part of the film, to me, was the last five minutes. No spoilers, but I would have watched a film based on that scenario alone. Instead, however, the filmmaker introduced a BUNCH of characters who were just shy of being interesting enough to care about and keep up with through the movie. In fact, the most interesting character to me (Misha) is not even seen much in the last 15 minutes of the film.

The script also does a lot of telling and not showing. The filmmaker would benefit from studying Barry Jenkins. Although Jenkins probably shows a little too much, Sunny would have been improved by characters talking less and doing more.

The acting... the character "Sunny" was the most believable, followed by Dolo and some of the other corner boys. But many of the leads were just not that strong to carry such heavy moments.

The actually shooting of the movie wasn't terrible. I fully understand low-budget film-making and I support it. I just wanted Sunny to have tighter shots in the more intimate scenes and wider shots on the establishing scenes.

I KNOW that this filmmaker will have stronger movies as he continues in his career. I fully get and support the idea of telling stories of people of color in the city, especially this city. And I support giving actors a chance. I hope the next project is better resourced so the best of our local talent can get a chance to shine in a vehicle just as creative as this one.
12 people found this helpful
DanielleReviewed in the United States on February 2, 2019
1.0 out of 5 starsTerrible
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I enjoy the occasional corny, low budget movie. But this! So bad. The acting was so robotic. The camera angles were terribleeee. The picture quality was poor. Curious as to who would ever vote this more than one star.
11 people found this helpful
Karl WashingtonReviewed in the United States on January 2, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsWATCH THIS FIRST BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE
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Sunny is an excellent film that EVERYONE should see. Upon first watching the movie, the actual plot was not clear but looking into more of it.... the plot was clear and a lot of savage, cruel, and tough stuff was in this film. Sure the music is lacking as well as the historical context of settting the film in the 1990s on the East Coast as it seems that is where it's at (There's an Amazon Prime Box in one of the scenes and a few other things that definitely are not from the 1990s). WHile all of this may stand out then "JUST WATCHING" the film, Sunny is extremely important as the movie has several sub-plots and also proves to be filled with everything except laughs so it is perfect for the Drama Film Lover. Once you start watching "Sunny", pausing is not an option. When you begin to understand the movie than the Grand Scheme of the film does stand out as the film does begin to make sense. MAKE THE MOST of your AMAZON PRIME SUBSCRIPTION, START 2019 off RIGHT and watch SUNNY, a TERRIFIC FILM maybe not TERRIFIC in terms of acting or music but the FILM SPEAKS VOLUMES even if you CANNOT RELATE TO EVERYTHING.... SUNNY is a MUST WATCH and if after watching it... TELL ME YOU DIDN'T CRY, or at LEAST THINK TO YOURSELF, "DAMN, THAT IS A POWERFUL MOVIE... IT's GOOD not GREAT but STILL DAMN, I'M MIGHTY GLAD I WATCHED THIS INSTEAD OF SOMETHING ELSE". There's so much more to add but I definitely DO NOT want to SPOIL the movie.
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4 people found this helpful
BookLover99aReviewed in the United States on December 22, 2018
4.0 out of 5 starsSUNNY was pretty good!
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I love that Amazon supports black independent films (black B movies (lol)). The young actress Tyra Smith aka "Sunny" and the cast did a good job with this urban drama. The story line was interesting and kept me entertained...I laughed, yelled at the tv and cried! I hope they do a sequel love to see what happens to Sunny, her best-friend and her brothers baby.
8 people found this helpful
Alysa BillupsReviewed in the United States on January 7, 2019
1.0 out of 5 starsConfused
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Ummmm. I was confused the whole movie bruh! It was more about the struggles growing up in the hood than about this girls life! The acting was horrible and it was obvious the dude was gay! And dude had on sneaks that weren't even out in the 90s! Not a good movie
5 people found this helpful
Henry L PowellReviewed in the United States on January 7, 2019
4.0 out of 5 starsMeaningful and Relatable
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Not a very well acted movie at all. Most people will probably stop before getting halfway. The movie addresses several issues and that is its biggest fault. Because the film never developed one of these issues. It simply throws you in the middle of some heart wrenching situations with no rhyme or reason, and no definition. Yet it is something that many people can relate to especially if you had a rough upbringing like I did. In the end, the movie is really about family and its importance in a child's life which I found to be very positive and meaningful, in the midst of so much negativity.
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ToniReviewed in the United States on January 17, 2019
4.0 out of 5 starsWorth a Watch!
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If you are looking for perfection this movie isn't for you, but if you are looking for a real film that tells a apologetic raw story keep watching! This film is rough around the edges, however the roughness is what make this film everything. I found myself getting enthralled with the multiple story-lines and anticipating what was going to happen next with Sunny and the other characters. The movie makes you feel like you are right in the middle of all the action, and I felt myself getting emotional watching the turmoil of Sunny's life. Sunny's mother was a piece of work, and her brother wasn't ish but she continued to persevere despite it all...and that's pretty much life in a nutshell and why I could connect with the film.

I'm looking forward to the next project .
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TaylorReviewed in the United States on October 24, 2020
1.0 out of 5 starsIt should have been named Dolo
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Ten minutes in I knew that the characters were not from DC. How the detective let Sunny violate him like that? How?! The director seems to be from Maryland - just stick to the hood you from, even if it's the suburbs. This movie is why I despise the term DMV because people from Maryland and Virginia are so far removed from what it was like growing up in DC. It's exhausting to see people exploit their proximity to DC and our culture as Washingtonians. Initially my major pet peeve in the movie was the fact that they kept saying "mama" when nobody from DC pronounce "muva" like that and never has. But what really made me lose respect for the director and this movie is that Misha' character said "I was rape but..." But what? Like that is traumatic and for the director to downplay that was abhorrent to me. And it seemed like Gina set up the rape so wth was she banging on the door like she didn't know what was about to go down? He really minimized the tragic events happening to the females in a move named/starring after a female.

There was no focus point in this movie. It was pretty much all over the place. How all these people all these different hoods dealing with each other like this. Neighborhoods across the street from each other in DC and i'm sure in many urban cities beef with each other so how is everybody so connected? I like that they used Takoma Station Tavern but again it seems like everybody was from other districts so why were they so far Uptown? The houses were way too modern. The director don't have no family in DC where he could've used somebody's grandmothers house?

The clothing for the men was not what I remembered in the 90's. Coogi, Iceberg, Polo, Tommy Hilfiger, hell even Old Navy and Gap is what I remember. They had on recent fashion. Tae has a fade with locs which was not in style in 1995. "Big Man" gave me more of a New York vibe. The women clothes were more in touch with the 90's but maybe not DC. Every female had Reebok Princess on in 1995. They also used too much makeup. One thing is highlighter was not a thing in 1995. It was MAC lipgloss or the one from the dollar store. No fake lashes and beat faces.

I will leave the review on a positive note. ALL of the black women in the movie were beautiful.
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