Teen romantic comedy, The Sun Is Also a Star, starring Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton is now playing in theaters nationwide. We have all the details!
Best-selling author, Nicola Yoon, has another film adaptation coming out this weekend! The Sun Is Also a Star is a young adult love story starring Yara Shahidi (grown-ish) and Charles Melton (Riverdale).
Shahidi plays Natasha, a whip-smart quantum physics student who falls for Melton’s charming exchange student character, Daniel. The two meet under ordinary circumstances and fall in love quickly.
But their blossoming relationship is put to the test when Daniel learns Natasha and her family are getting deported soon. A majority of the film’s story unfolds over a single day.
Early reviews for the film are luke-warm with many critics labeling the film as cute but generic. AV Club claims the film’s more interesting stories are in the peripheral plotlines outside of the love story. Entertainment Weekly praises the film’s leads but laments the overall silliness and unrealistic quality.
Personally, if I’m going to watch a romantic comedy, particularly a young adult one, I anticipate a certain degree of wish fulfillment and sugary sweet moments. I’m a fan of both Shahidi and Melton, and The Sun Is Also a Star appears like a breezy film that will, at the very least, leave you smiling.
Yoon’s previous novel, Everything, Everything, was made into a film in 2017. It starred Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson. Critic reviews were similar to The Sun Is Also a Star, mixed to average. Audiences were far more receptive, and that will likely be the case with this film as well.
You can watch the film trailer right here:
The Sun Is Also a Star will open against John Wick 3: Parabellum and A Dog’s Journey. It is projected to gross between $6-12 million this weekend.
Ry Russo-Young is the film director. She also directed 2017 teen drama, Before I Fall.
Jake Choi (Single Parents), John Leguizamo (John Wick 2), Camrus Johnson (The OA), Miriam A. Hyman (Blue Bloods), and Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Wire) also star.