Off and Running
Off and Running – Movie Review
With white Jewish lesbians for parents and two adopted brothers – one mixed-race and one Korean – Brooklyn teen Avery grew up in a unique and loving household. But when her curiosity about her African-American roots grows, she decides to contact her birth mother. This choice propels Avery into her own complicated exploration of race, identity, and family that threatens to distance her from the parents shes always known. She begins staying away from home, starts skipping school, and risks losing her shot at the college track career she had always dreamed of. But when Avery decides to pick up the pieces of her life and make sense of her identity, the results are inspiring. OFF AND RUNNING follows Avery to the brink of adulthood, exploring the strength of family bonds and the lengths some people must go to become themselves.
Off and Running is a documentary about a young woman who lives in Brooklyn who’s been adopted. She is African-American. Her name is Avery, and she’s been adopted by a lesbian couple and raised as an orthodox Jew. She also has a brother of mixed parentage and a brother who’s Korean, so they refer to themselves as the U.N. It turns out that Avery is also a really good track and field star. She’s a very good runner. And we sort of go with her through her painful journey of her trying to discover her birth mother. The problem about the documentary is that you don’t understand how they pick this kid, how they got access to her, how everybody allowed the cameras to be around as much as they did. So, what’s the story here? So, even though it’s a fascinatingdocumentary, the idea is that a documentary still needs access, and how did they get this kind of access? And what was the deal that they made? But, having said that, you really care about the characters, and you feel like you’re seeing real life unfold whether you are or not. Three stars.