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Suncoast - A Hulu Movie Review

'Suncoast' is a poignant coming-of-age story.

By Marielle SabbagPublished 2 months ago 3 min read
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Everyone is going through something real.

Suncoast is a 2024 film. Upon moving her brother into hospice care, Doris strikes friendships with an eccentric activist and a group of teens from her school. As she struggles with her dilemma, these peer groups shed light on her situation.

I didn’t realize how much I needed to watch Suncoast. I was unsure of watching it due to its sad themes about dying. Suncoast is both heartwarming and makes your heart heavy. The film supplies themes about grief, family, and friendship. Some aspects could have been developed further, but it’s a poignant coming-of-age story.

The only other film I have seen Nico Parker in is Dumbo. I was very impressed with her acting here. Due to life circumstances, Doris has not experienced being a kid as much. Parker does a great job in the role, especially in her countenance. She is unsure of how to feel and scared how what emotions await her.

I wasn’t fond of Kristine (Laura Linney), but at the same time, I understood her feelings. Kristine’s parenting skills are questionable and says nasty things to Doris. Anything sets her off. She even flips off her daughter! She had no excuse for actions in one sequence, which she thankfully owns up to. Linney was remarkable in an emotionally difficult performance.

You never know who you’ll meet during difficult times. Woody Harrelson and Nico Parker had tremendous and unexpected chemistry. Their friendship is also a good example of age-gap friendships. Paul gives Doris the advice she needs. The first interaction they shared about who’s been through the worst was funny. Darkly, you never know how you’ll connect to others.

Doris’s friends are hit or miss. Credits include Ella Anderson, Daniella Taylor, Amarr, and Ariel Martin. The group of teens is somewhat one-dimensional and stereotypical. I was annoyed with them a lot of the time. They do the usual teen things and say annoying things.

I would have liked to have seen more development in the friendship or Doris call them out for their actions. She remarks how thankful she is to have them, but I didn’t buy them. There needed to be a more profound exploration. It’s also left unresolved.

Cree Kawa and Keyla Monterroso Mejia also deserve special mention. Kawa spent most of the film confined to a bed, but he conveyed his character’s listless energy well. As for Majia, this is my favorite small role I have seen her in.

The storyline for Suncoast is based on director Laura Chinn’s life. Chinn connects to viewers with authentic emotions and the importance of human connection. It is an emotionally charged drama that delves into the intricacies of coping with a loved one in hospice care.

Suncoast is a challenging story, but Chinn's storytelling approach allows the audience to connect with the characters on a personal level. With the inclusion of Doris’s friends, these segments give viewers a break from the melancholic story. It reminds us that we were all kids once.

Suncoast is sad, but it’s more of a lighthearted film. It’s a story about grief and preparing for death. This movie comes as a relatable time for me. I wish it was here a decade ago when I was undergoing a loss in my family. We need to tell our stories because people are searching for answers. It’s hard talking about subjects about death, but we can’t bottle them up.

Find Suncoast on Hulu and watch it. Watching this film made me feel a sense of hope. It’s a heartfelt, honest, and raw.

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About the Creator

Marielle Sabbag

Writing has been my passion since I was 11 years old. I love creating stories from fiction, poetry, fanfiction. I enjoy writing movie reviews. I would love to become a creative writing teacher and leave the world inspiring minds.

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