The nerd (or for that matter geek and dork) archetype has traditionally belonged to the white, adolescent male in pop culture, specifically the movies. But, in real life that isn’t always the case. For every nerd of minority stature — whether they be female or latino, black, etc. — their character arch generally finds them transcending their inner-nerd to become a jock or prom queen. And that couldn’t be further from the truth. A disservice to minority nerds everywhere that are happy to be that way (a more interesting proposition would be why nerds/geeks/dorks are portrayed the way they are as if it’s something to be ashamed of, rather than something to aspire to).
Blacktino is a dark teen comedy about an overweight half-black, half-hispanic nerd named Stefan Daily. He was raised by his black grandmother in a medium sized suburb of Austin, TX. Struggling to find his place in a mostly white high school, Stefan finds sanctuary among the eclectic mix of social outcasts in the school’s Theatre Department. In the tradition of the great teen comedies of the last thirty years “blacktino” will ensure that the torch of “teen angst” continues to burn bright.
Movies like there — that show people are more similar despite their exterior appearances do more for cultural dissemination — like say a documentary about black, skater-punks — than most efforts to achieve those goals. This movie just moved way up on my must see list because it feels like the world as I know it to be true and not how Hollywood assumes it to be.