Beyond the Lights Poster

Release Date: November 14th, 2014

DVD Release Date: February 24th, 2015

PG-13|1 hr 56 min

Plot Summary
Though she's been groomed for stardom all her life by an overbearing mother (Minnie Driver), singer Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is having trouble dealing with her success. Feeling unable to cope any longer, Noni tries to kill herself, but luckily Kaz (Nate Parker), the police officer assigned to be her bodyguard, thwarts her suicide attempt. Noni and Kaz feel an instant attraction, but those in their orbit oppose the romance for fear the pair will stray from the course planned out for both of them.

Cast: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker, Minnie Driver, Danny Glover, Machine Gun Kelly , Darryl Stephens, Elaine Tan, Isaac Keys

Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood

Genres: Drama, Romance

Production Co: Homegrown Pictures, Undisputed Cinema

Distributors: Relativity Media

Keywords: Sacrifice, Brooding, Intense, Mother, Quest, Creative, Temptation, 2010s, Love

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  • Gina Prince-Bythewood’s entertaining music-biz melodrama is no less satisfying for the familiarity of its soapy trajectory. show more

  • There's enough plot here to sink a soap opera, but the actors prevail. Parker is a no-bull charmer. Driver leaves bite marks on her juicy role. And Mbatha-Raw, so good this year in "Belle", is dynamite. show more

  • Beyond the Lights makes unapologetically damning statements about the music industry’s treatment of women, yet it never feels preachy. It strikes a risky, though successful balancing act between being immensely entertaining as a musical feature and making dramatic, important statements about depression, self-worth and female empowerment. show more

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