WEEK IN WOMEN: Jessica Yu’s QUIZ LADY comes to Hulu – Brandy McDonnell reports

Jessica Yu’s Quiz Lady, a hilarious and heartfelt comedy from 20th Century Studios, will premiere Nov. 3 exclusively on Hulu in the United States. Starring Awkwafina and Sandra Oh, the original film about a dysfunctional family and the game show that just might be the key to their salvation also will stream on Star+ in Latin America and Disney+ under the Star banner in all other territories.

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QUIZ LADY (TIFF 2023) – Review by Tara Karajica

Jessica Yu’s latest film, Quiz Lady, is an amusing, fast-paced and flamboyant comedy that doesn’t let your thoughts wander away, but has you instead focused just like when you are about to answer a question on a quiz, much akin to the title character, the “quiz lady” of the film, Anne Yum. Quiz Lady makes for an effervescent, colorful and delightful watch and Jessica Yu does marvels on the silver screen.

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Jessica Yu talks QUIZ LADY (TIFF 2023) – Tara Karajica interviews

Helmer Jessica Yu directs Sandra Oh and Awkwafina in her latest outing for Disney/Hulu, Quiz Lady. The film deals with sibling dynamics and how, at the end of the day, no matter how different they are, they end up loving each other. “I think what they go through actually ends up reminding them of how much they have shared together in life and how much they actually appreciate each other. We don’t really see that many comedies about sisters and so, that was attractive to me,” Yu comments.

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TURNING RED – Review by Lauren Anderson

Turning Red is Disney/Pixar’s latest film about a Toronto teenager who discovers her uncontrollable ability to turn into a red panda whenever she experiences strong emotion. At its core, the animated feature is a metaphor for puberty. But as Disney/Pixar films are wont to do, it reminds us it’s good to embrace who we are instead of dampening our “red pandas.”

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TURNING RED – Review by Leslie Combemale

Pixar’s new animated feature Turning Red is an absolute delight from start to finish. The studio’s 25th feature is a celebration of so many things, including female friendship, self esteem, personal growth, the millennial experience, motherhood, and Chinese culture, all while bringing both mom and dorky teenaged-girl realness. Helmed and co-written by Chinese-Canadian Domee Shi, Turning Red also the first Pixar film officially solo directed by a woman. When Shi took her idea for the movie to Pixar, her pitch was “it’s a girl going through magical puberty and turns into a giant red panda”. It might not sound particularly complex or nuanced, but Shi and her team have brought a tremendous amount of meaning and depth to what is a funny, wild cinematic ride. It also allows girls and women, especially those of Asian descent, to be fully seen onscreen.

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THE CHAIR – Review by Susan Granger

This ‘Back to School’ month is the perfect time for Netflix’s new college-set series The Chair, starring Sandra Oh (Killing Eve, Grey’s Anatomy) as Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim, the first female head of the English department at (fictional) Pembroke University. A prestigious “lower-tier Ivy,” Pembroke has always favored its rich, white students and faculty, so the newly elected Chair faces not only gender prejudice but also racial bias. A single mother, she’s raising an adopted daughter, Ju-Ju (Everly Carganilla), with the help of her widowed, Korean-speaking father (Lee Ji-Yong).

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THE CHAIR – Review by Martha K Baker

In The Chair, Amanda Peet and Annie Wyman created not only a rom-com but also a horror show. While a cord of romance threads through the story and humor tickles its plot, the horror closes in on reality. The Chair brings tears of joy and fear as it recognizes the ardor of literature in modern campus life amid the odor of cancelation.

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