(2011) Seventeen-year-old Alike (Adepero Oduye) and her best friend Laura (Pernell Walker) in Brooklyn pretend being boys to be around women. A worrisome, overprotective mother, Audrey (Kim Wayans), dislikes that Lee, as she calls her older daughter (a good student showing promise as a writer), dresses like a tomboy and hangs out with Laura (high-school dropout studying for a GED), overstaying curfews, instead of going out with a boyfriend.
While younger sister Sharonda (Sahra Mellesse) discusses possible dates for the prom, Alike shows little interest. Her father Arthur (Charles Parnell), a police detective, acts as if he sees nothing wrong with Alike's behavior, which along with his not being home much of the time provokes arguments with Audrey, who suspects both are hiding something from her.
"God doesn't make mistakes," Audrey says to Lee, introducing her to Bina Singletary (Aasha Davis), the cute daughter of a co-worker, as a better influence. Gradually the two teenagers become intimate friends, hanging out and sharing interests in music and poetry, eventually spending the night together.
"I'm not running," Alike insists in director/writer Dee Rees's exploration of a young, uncertain African-American woman's search for her sexual identity: "I'm choosing."
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