The Half Of It, Netflix’s latest original film, will aim to tell a different kind of love story, one in which there may not be “a romance.”
The traditional love story is turned upside down in The Half Of It, the latest Netflix original film that aims to explore when a love story doesn’t weave into a Disney-like romance.
The central figure of this teen romance centers around Ellie Chu (Leah Lewis), a Chinese-American teenage girl living in the small backwater of Squahamish who has become somewhat content with her life. She’s a bookworm, enjoys watching old movies with her dad, and has a side hustle at school as an essay writer to help pay the bills.
The introvert’s world begins to turn a bit personal when she meats Paul Munsky (Daniel Diemer), a football jock who tasks Chiu to ghostwrite love letters to Aster Flores (Alexxis Lemire), one of the more popular girls in school.
Unbeknownst to Munsky, Chiu has also developed feelings for Flores, and the three unlikely teens embark on a journey of self-discovery and the true meaning of how they feel toward one another. The Half Of It is directed by Alice Wu, the Stanford alumn who is best known for directing the 2004 comedy-drama Saving Face, which was nominated for a 2006 GLAAD Media Award and was a feature at both the Sundance and Toronto film festivals.
The inspiration for The Half Of It, as Wu wrote in the director’s note for the film, was that love doesn’t always come from one place, which is the central basis of the film. The story on the surface may be finding the perfect love, but finding that “perfect romance” is elusive, and the real journey is finding yourself, which makes The Half Of It a very intriguing love story.
The Half Of It is set to debut on Netflix May 1. Check out The Half of It trailer above.