In this Southern melodrama, Randy is a Christian choirboy in Mississippi with a secret: He has an eye for other boys. Further complicating Randy’s life is his emotionally fragile mother, a devout woman who is virulently homophobic. When Randy sets his eyes on both a handsome jock and an aspiring filmmaker, the boy’s life threatens to unravel.
Why It’s a Gem:
“Blackbird” tackles its coming-of-age story with sensitivity — and with some occasional humor. Don’t miss the scene when Randy’s mother (played by Academy Award winner Mo’Nique) lashes out at her son when she discovers his sexuality. Isaiah Washington also shines in an understated performance as Randy’s deceptively sensitive father.