AWFJ Movie of the Week, May 26-June 1: WE ARE THE BEST!

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Opening May 30, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is We Are The Best! This smart and funny film is a raucous coming-of-age tale about three teenage girls who form a punk band in ’80s Stockholm. Mohawk-sporting Klara (Mira Grosin) and her best friend Bobo (Mira Barkhammar) are rebels looking for a cause. Despite having no instruments—or discernible musical talent—the two form an all-girl punk band, recruiting their shy, classical guitar-playing schoolmate Hedvig (Liv LeMoyne) as the third wheel. Based on the graphic novel by Coco Moodysson, and directed by her husband, Lukas, the entertaining film puts a refreshing feminist spin on a usually male-centric genre. Read on…

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panelists Comments:

MaryAnn Johnson: My pick is We Are The Best!, the fantastic rock ‘n’ roll, coming-of-age flick about girls who form a punk band in Stockholm. It’s smart, funny, and brings a uniquely — and necessary — feminist spin to a story that has become classic… but has mostly been only about boys and men.

Pam Grady: Lukas Moodysson delivers his most exuberant and optimistic work in years along with an evocation of girl power and a loving homage to punk rock with We Are The Best!, an adaptation of his wife Coco’s graphic novel about three young teens who form a band.

Jennifer Merin:A thoroughly entertaining narrative in which Swedish teenage feminists demand equality through their music and friendship. Great story. Great characters. Great performances. Great message.

Kristy Puchko: This is a classic coming-of-age story that embraces the messiness and stubbornness of adolescence, delivering a drama that is alive with attitude, humor and heart. Read full review.

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panel Members: Nikki Baughan, Anne Brodie, Pam Grady, Leba Hertz, MaryAnn Johanson, Loren King, Cate Marquis, Jennifer Merin, Nell Minow, Rebecca Murray, Kristy Puchko, Carrie Rickey, Sheila Roberts, Jeanne Wolf, Sara Vizcarrando.

Other Movies Opening the Week of May 26-30, 2014:

May 27
– Tapped Out (limited)

May 28
– The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne (NY)

May 29
– A Million Ways to Die in the West (p.m. screenings)
– Maleficent (3D/2D theaters, p.m. screenings)
– Under the Electric Sky (Tugg screenings)

May 30
– Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas (limited)
– The Big Ask (L.A.)
– Delivery: The Beast Within (limited)
– Elena (Petra Costa) (NY)
– Filth (limited)
– The Grand Seduction (NY, LA)
– Korengal (limited)
– Lucky Them (limited)
– Night Moves (limited)
– We Are The Best! (limited)

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