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Review: ‘2 Hearts’ Starring Adan Canto and Radha Mitchell

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Tiera Skovbye and Jacob Elordi in ‘2 Hearts’ (Photo Courtesy of Freestyle Releasing)

When Chris (Jacob Elordi, The Kissing Booth) is rushed to the hospital accompanied by his crying girlfriend, Sam (Tiera Skovbye, Riverdale), in the opening moments of 2 Hearts, it quickly becomes clear the audience is about to sit through a romantic tearjerker. We soon learn Chris is a good-natured, fun-loving freshman in college when he meets the girl of his dreams in Sam. He sets out to win her heart, something he explains to viewers via a voiceover. Apparantly, Chris is determined to tell us his story along with the tale of another lovesick man named Jorge (Adan Canto, Designated Survivor).

Jorge’s the son of a wealthy Cuban businessman who, due to lung disease, is not expected to live past his teens. Jorge miraculously beats the odds and makes it to 30. While traveling back and forth from Cuba to the United States on business for his father, Jorge meets a Pan-Am fly attendant named Leslie (Radha Mitchell, Pitch Black) and is instantly smitten. During take-off, he asks if she’ll sit with him to calm his nerves – which she does. From there, Jorge and Leslie begin a whirlwind romance.

It’s clear from the clothes and the fact Pan-Am is still in business that Jorge and Leslie’s romance begins in the early 1960s whereas Chris and Sam’s college romance is set in the present. The film jumps back and forth between the two different decades, chronicling the two couples’ sweet romances.

Back at college, Sam, now head-over-heels for Chris, is teaching him how to drive and even goes with him to the DMV when he takes his drivers test. When Chris checks the box to be an organ donor, it becomes painfully clear how the two couples’ lives will eventually intersect.

Inspired by a true story, 2 Hearts strives to be a moving and heartfelt film about love, life, loss, family, and self-sacrifice. Unfortunately, with its sappy dialogue and cheesy romantic scenes, the film plays out like a drippy, unrealistic Hallmark Movie of the Week. The writing lack freshness and the character development never evolves past surface level.

Jacob Elordi plays Chris as a good-hearted young man who loves his family and Sam, but the script and his performance never go deeper than that. What are his interests in college, other than Sam? Why is his relationship with his father so distant? The film never allows us to get to know who Chris really is. The same can be said for Sam who seems sweet enough and likable, but hardly a memorable character.

Radha Mitchell and Adan Canto as Leslie and Jorge are given a little more depth, mostly because their relationship lasts decades. However, their scenes still suffer from unrealistic and cringe-worthy dialogue. (Mitchell does deliver the best performance in the film.)

The pacing is constantly herky-jerky, jumping back and forth covering the two couples’ romances. There’s no real rhyme or rhythm to it – just erratic jumps in time.

Ultimately, 2 Hearts fails to tell a worthwhile story about two loves, their lives, and a tragic, lifesaving sacrifice.

GRADE: C

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language
Running Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Directed By: Lance Hool
Release Date: October 16, 2020

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‘Euphoria’ Plots Two Special Episodes Ahead of Second Season

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HBO will air two special episodes of Euphoria ahead of the show’s second season, Variety reports.

The first, “Trouble Don’t Last Always,” will air December 6th on HBO before streaming on HBO Max. A title and release date for the second episode has yet to be announced. Both episodes were reportedly made under Covid-19 safety guidelines.

“Trouble Don’t Always” last will pick up after the events of the Season One finale (spoiler alert), following Rue (Zendaya) as she celebrates Christmas after being left by Jules (Hunter Schafer) at the train station and relapsing. Colman Domingo will also appear in the episode as the recovering addict Ali. Series creator Sam Levinson wrote and directed the episode.

Zendaya had teased the possibility of a couple of “bridge” episodes after production on Season Two of Euphoria was delayed because of the pandemic. In an interview with Ben Platt — who was guest-hosting Jimmy Kimmel Live! in August — she said, “We might end up doing a little bridge episode. An episode that we can do with a limited amount of people in a safer environment that can give people something — because we also miss Euphoria as the people who create it, too — and give everyone who loves the show a little something so we have something to live on until we are able to go into Season Two.”

Euphoria’s acclaimed first season aired in 2019, and in September Zendaya won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her turn on the show. The series also picked up a pair of Creative Arts Emmys, including Outstanding Contemporary Makeup and Outstanding Music for Labrinth’s “All for Us.”

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Watch A NSW Cop Tread On The Phone Of A Legal Observer At Last Week’s USyd Student Protest

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More footage has emerged from last week’s student protest against cuts to education at the University of Sydney, and this time it appears to show a cop treading on a legal observer’s phone.

The video, shared by the Sydney University Education Action Group, shows a legal observer falling to the ground after apparently being shoved from behind.

“I’m not part of this protest, I’m only getting evidence,” he can be heard saying to an officer.

“I’m down, I’m down, I’m down,” he told the officer, who proceeded to step on his phone at last four times.

New footage has arisen of the rally last Wednesday from a broken phone (smashed by a police officer stepping on it…

Posted by Sydney University Education Action Group on Monday, 19 October 2020

It’s unclear whether it was deliberate or an accident, however several students described to PEDESTRIAN.TV being pushed, dragged and even thrown by police officers on the day of the protest.

The legal observer behind the camera was simply trying to hand out legal information to protesters and collect footage of the altercation at the Parramatta Road as evidence to be used later in the event of police brutality.

“It is an absolute joke that police officers can use force like this in order to uphold ‘health and safety’,” the Education Action Group said in a post.

“Police are using COVID-19 laws to criminalise, fine and abuse protesters.”

According to the group, the phone was “smashed” after the incident.

The peaceful protest was a response to government changes that will shift funding from some courses like arts and law to STEM and other “job-ready” fields.

The changes threaten to make some arts degrees more than double in price to around $14,000 per year, while students who fail classes early on will be penalised by losing government funding.

On top of that, the students were also rallying against job cuts at the University of Sydney and elsewhere, which they say is part of the wider trend of casualisation in higher education.

During and after the demonstration, NSW Police issued 14 Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs), which are $1,000 each.

Students are now raising money to pay these fines.

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Watch the trailer for Chadwick Boseman’s final film Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

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Chadwick Boseman‘s final film, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, has released its first trailer, in which the late actor is suited up in a tuxedo, performing blues music with co-star Viola Davis.

The film, based on August Wilson’s award-winning play of the same name, shares the story of trailblazing blues artist Ma Rainey, portrayed by Davis. Set in Chicago in 1927, the musicians grapple with issues of race, music, relationships and the exploitation of Black recording artists.

The late Boseman portrayed Ma’s love interest Levee, an ambitious trumpeter who aspired to make his own mark in the Chicago music scene by putting a contemporary spin on old-fashioned songs.

Chadwick Boseman in his final film, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Chadwick Boseman in his final film, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. (Netflix)

The film is helmed by George C. Wolfe, who won Tony awards for directing the play Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and the musical Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk. Wolfe also served as the artistic director of The Public Theater from 1993 to 2004.

Other cast members include Glynn Turman, Colman Domingo and Michael Potts. The upcoming film was produced by Todd Black, Denzel Washington and Dany Wolf, and the screenwriter is Ruben Santiago-Hudson.

Filming began on July 8, 2019, and wrapped on August 16, 2019. Boseman died a year later, on August 28, 2020.

Chadwick Boseman, Hollywood premiere, Black Panther, 2018
Boseman died in August 2020. (Getty)

Boseman was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2016, and eventually it progressed to stage 4, his family revealed after his death. Although he never spoke publicly about his diagnosis, he worked through his treatment for much of his film career.

Netflix could make a push for a posthumous Oscar nomination for Boseman in the supporting actor category. The late actor may have another Oscar contender with Spike Lee and Netflix’s Da 5 Bloods; if he were nominated twice, Boseman would become the first actor with two posthumous acting nods.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is set for release on December 18 on Netflix.

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