Leah Lewis, as Ellie Chu, and Daniel Diemer, as Paul, in a still from The Half of It, directed by Alice Wu. Photo: Netflix/KC Bailey Leah Lewis, as Ellie Chu, and Daniel Diemer, as Paul, in a still from The Half of It, directed by Alice Wu. Photo: Netflix/KC Bailey
Leah Lewis, as Ellie Chu, and Daniel Diemer, as Paul, in a still from The Half of It, directed by Alice Wu. Photo: Netflix/KC Bailey

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The Half of It film review: gay Chinese teen romance on Netflix marks belated return of Alice Wu, director of Saving Face

  • In a conservative American town where she is the only Asian girl, shy Ellie Chu is drawn into a charade that will expose her secret – that she is a lesbian
  • Alice Wu’s film falls short in its portrayal of how the town’s values weigh on its protagonists, but succeeds thanks to the authenticity of its young cast

Topic |   American films
Leah Lewis, as Ellie Chu, and Daniel Diemer, as Paul, in a still from The Half of It, directed by Alice Wu. Photo: Netflix/KC Bailey Leah Lewis, as Ellie Chu, and Daniel Diemer, as Paul, in a still from The Half of It, directed by Alice Wu. Photo: Netflix/KC Bailey
Leah Lewis, as Ellie Chu, and Daniel Diemer, as Paul, in a still from The Half of It, directed by Alice Wu. Photo: Netflix/KC Bailey
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