Miss Juneteenth

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Synopsis

Turquoise Jones is a single mom who holds down a household, a rebellious teenager, and pretty much everything that goes down at Wayman's BBQ & Lounge. Turquoise is also a bona fide beauty queen, she was once crowned Miss Juneteenth, a title commemorating the day slaves in Texas were freed - two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Life didn't turn out as beautifully as the title promised, but Turquoise, determined to right her wrongs, is cultivating her daughter, Kai, to become Miss Juneteenth, even if Kai wants something else.

Cast

  • Nicole Beharie
  • Kendrick Sampson
  • Alexis Chikaeze
  • Lori Hayes
  • Marcus M. Mauldin
  • Liz Mikel
  • Akron Watson
  • Phyllis Cicero
  • Lisha Hackney
  • Mathew Greer

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Metacritic

70
Jun 18, 2020

Imbued with a lovely sense of place and community, this is a low-key film, leisurely perhaps to a fault and dramatically a tad too mellow, though observed with a keen eye for the small details of ordinary lives that elevates the material.

Metacritic review by David Rooney
David Rooney
The Hollywood Reporter
67
Jun 18, 2020

Miss Juneteenth is a promising debut feature in a lot of ways, but like a lot of tweener indies, it has trouble transcending its own pitch.

Vince Mancini
Uproxx