CODA Movie Review
“CODA”, an independent coming-of-age story about a teenager with deaf parents and a deaf sibling, made its way to the Sundance Film Festival and won four awards in the American dramatic competition. Has an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor, along with many other nominations ranging from the Screen Actors Guild to the Independent Spirit Awards. It is an American remake of the 2014 French film “La Famille Belier”.
The title of the movie “CODA” is an acronym for child of deaf adults. Emilia Jones plays a teenager named Ruby who is the only hearing member of her family. They manage a fishing business in Massachusetts where Ruby helps her family on the water while being their interpreter. Marlee Matlin plays Jackie, Ruby’s mother, Troy Kotsur plays Frank, Ruby’s father, and Daniel Durant plays Ruby’s brother.
Ruby is also a gifted singer and wants to attend music school. She is concerned that her family won’t be able to get things done without her help. They also don’t understand her passion for music.
There were mixed reviews, ranging from sweet and sentimental to bland. Some were pleased with the inclusion of deaf characters but reprimanded for having a hearing character as the lead.
CODA is currently playing in theaters and streaming on Apple TV+. For more entertainment, check out these other recommendations!
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