Starring: Yara Shahidi, Charles Melton, Jake Choi, Camrus Johnson, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Miriam A. Hyman, Cathy Shim
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Drama directed by Ry Russo-Young. The story centers on college-bound romantic Daniel Bae (Charles Melton), and Jamaica-born pragmatist Natasha Kingsley (Yara Shahidi), who meet and fall for each other over one magical day amidst the fervor and flurry of New York City. With just hours left on the clock in what looks to be her last day in the US, Natasha is fighting against her family’s deportation as fiercely as she’s fighting her feelings for Daniel, who is working just as hard to convince her they are destined to be together.
Our Favorite Quotes:'Everyone we meet, everyone we love, how we got here, what path we choose, and who we choose to remember, they are all a part of our story.' - Natasha Kingsley (The Sun Is Also a Star) Click To Tweet 'For every choice you make, an infinite number of universes exist where you made a different choice. In this way, we get to live multiple lives.' Natasha Kingsley (The Sun Is Also a Star) Click To Tweet
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 34)
Natasha Kingsley: [voice over] Carl Sagan once said that human beings are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it’s forever. Thirteen point eight billion years ago, the Big Bang created the stars, the planets, the galaxies. Observable fact, rational thought, pure science. Perfect. The Big Bang also led to my home, New York. A city filled with humanity, dreams, loss, love. The choice we make. The path we choose. I always believed it would take a lifetime to understand the human heart. In the end, all it took was a single day.
Samuel Kingsley: Accept destiny.
Natasha Kingsley: Okay, um, I have my appointment at the immigration office at eight.
Patricia Kingsley: Don’t put yourself through that, baby girl. Give it up.
Samuel Kingsley: We’ve been through lawyers. Tasha.
Patricia Kingsley: We’ve tried for too long, Natasha Kingsley. We leave tomorrow. We’re going home.
Natasha Kingsley: But this is my home. New York is my home.
Lester Barnes: Your case is no longer under USCIS jurisdiction.
Natasha Kingsley: What does that mean?
Lester Barnes: Your removal is final. I’m sorry.
Natasha Kingsley: So there’s nothing you can do?
Lester Barnes: You know, I’ve been to Jamaica. It’s a beautiful place. Everything there is irie. You know, you’re going to be okay.
Natasha Kingsley: Yeah. Forget it.
Lester Barnes: Hey, hey, hey. You’re going to Jamaica. Some people are going to Gaza in here. Some people are going to Syria, Afghanistan. You’re going to be okay.
Natasha Kingsley: Everybody tells me that I’m going to be okay, and I’m tired of it. Because I’ve been here for nine years. I’m supposed to be going into senior year, focusing on AP Chem, and college and all of that. But instead I am here. And this is the last place I wanted to be. This is the last place, because this is my home.
[after Daniel saves Natasha from being hit by a car]
Daniel Bae: I’m so sorry. You okay?
Natasha Kingsley: Yeah. Yeah. That was close.
Daniel Bae: Can I help you up?
Natasha Kingsley: Thanks.
[she takes Daniel’s hand as he helps her to stand]
Natasha Kingsley: Ow!
Daniel Bae: Sorry about pulling you down. Can I ask your name?
Natasha Kingsley: Natasha.
Daniel Bae: I’m Daniel.
Natasha Kingsley: You saved my life. Thank you.
[they shake hands]
Natasha Kingsley: What’s with the notebook?
Daniel Bae: Uh, just poems.
Natasha Kingsley: Poems?
Daniel Bae: Yeah, I just dabble in it for fun. Not a big deal really.
Natasha Kingsley: What are they about? Oh, no, no, no. Wait, let me guess. Love.
Daniel Bae: Not all of them.
Natasha Kingsley: But most of them?
Daniel Bae: Yes.
Natasha Kingsley: Well, I don’t believe in love.
Daniel Bae: It exists whether you believe in it or not.
Natasha Kingsley: And that’s a provable fact?
Daniel Bae: Yeah. How could thousands of songs and poems be about something that doesn’t exist?
Natasha Kingsley: Boy, please, words on paper.
Daniel Bae: What would convince you?
Natasha Kingsley: Well, if you can’t use the scientific method on it, then it’s not real. Anything in this world that’s a fact, it’s a fact because we can either observe it, measure it, or experiment with it. If you can’t do any of those things, then it’s legit deadass not real.
Daniel Bae: But you got to admit people are feeling something.
Natasha Kingsley: Hormones. They’re feeling hormones. And we just call it love, so that we have something grand to live for. Otherwise, life seems really mundane and just a random series of events that you have no control over until you die.
Natasha Kingsley: Depressing, right?
Daniel Bae: You make it sound depressing.
Natasha Kingsley: Because it is.
Daniel Bae: So, no magic, no fate, no meant to be? What if I told you I could get you, to fall in love with me, scientifically?
Natasha Kingsley: How is that humanly possible?
Daniel Bae: Just give me a day. One day. Today.
Natasha Kingsley: I can’t. I don’t have a day.
Daniel Bae: Do you have an hour?
[Natasha checks her phone]
Natasha Kingsley: An hour. I’m not changing my mind though.
Daniel Bae: So this study had researchers put a bunch of couples into a lab and had them ask each other a series of intimate questions.
Natasha Kingsley: Sounds ridiculous.
Daniel Bae: At the end of the study, they had to stare into each other’s eyes for four minutes without saying a word.
Natasha Kingsley: So you think you’re going to make me fall in love by asking me these questions?
Daniel Bae: Okay, so there are thirty-six questions.
Natasha Kingsley: Okay, so we’re doing this?
Daniel Bae: But nobody’s got time for all that. So how about I pick ten randomly?
Daniel Bae: Okay, question number one. What are the five key ingredients to falling in love?
Natasha Kingsley: [chuckles] This is so idiotic. Um, fine. Uh, mutual self-interest and socioeconomic compatibility.
Daniel Bae: Okay. Well, my ingredients are friendship and chemistry.
Natasha Kingsley: Mm. Of course they are.
Daniel Bae: My last three are some sort of moral compass. Common interests are a must. And let’s see, the X factor.
Natasha Kingsley: What in the world is the X factor?
Daniel Bae: Don’t worry, we’ve got it.
Natasha Kingsley: You know what, I hate to break this to you, but taking this little quiz isn’t going to make me change my mind, Mr. Plaid Tie.
Daniel Bae: Did you just call me Pat Thai?
Natasha Kingsley: Plaid Tie.
Daniel Bae: Because not only is that completely racist, but also culturally insensitive as my family is from Korea, not Thailand.
Natasha Kingsley: Well, that is not what I said, so you can stop waiting for an apology.
Daniel Bae: Oh, I’m waiting for something, but not for an apology.
[referring to be Natasha wanting to be a data scientist]
Daniel Bae: You’re passionate about it, though, right?
Natasha Kingsley: Yeah, well, I’m passionate about walking on the moon. But I can’t live off of passion any more than I can live off of love.
Daniel Bae: It’s a long life to spend doing something you’re not really into.
Natasha Kingsley: It’s a long life to spend chasing dreams.
Daniel Bae: You should really kick it with my dad sometime.
Natasha Kingsley: Am I reminding you of a fifty year-old Korean man?
Daniel Bae: Without the accent.
Natasha Kingsley: So he’s not crazy about you pursuing poetry?
Daniel Bae: Oh, no. I’m first-generation.
Natasha Kingsley: And?
Daniel Bae: It means it doesn’t matter what I want. According to my parents, I’m meant to be a doctor.
Natasha Kingsley: Oh. You know, at least when you’re a doctor making bank, you can thank them for not letting you be a starving artist. It’s hard to be passionate when you’re hungry.
[after finding out that Natasha is going into the same building as he is having an interview]
Daniel Bae: But you got to admit, this definitely proves my point. Fate is real.
Natasha Kingsley: Wait, I think you mean coincidences, because they can happen without meaning.
Daniel Bae: Okay. Okay. I’ll wait here for you, and then we’ll finish the questions.
Natasha Kingsley: Daniel, I should really go home right after this. Today is a big day. So I think this is where we say goodbye.
Daniel Bae: Um, am I going to see you again?
Natasha Kingsley: The odds aren’t in your favor. I’m guessing one in eight million.
Daniel Bae: I really think I could have changed your mind if I had the whole day.
Natasha Kingsley: Too bad you couldn’t prove your hypothesis.
Daniel Bae: It was nice to save your life, Natasha.
Natasha Kingsley: Nice meeting you, Daniel. You know, good luck with everything. Honestly, I hope the interview goes well. Figure all that out.
[they shake hands]
Daniel Bae: Thanks.
Natasha Kingsley: Thanks again.
Daniel Bae: [to Natasha] You know, I’m going to prove my hypothesis! Love is real. This isn’t the last time I’m going to see you. If I got to hit up all the boroughs, we’re going to see each other again. You can’t stop what’s meant to be.
Natasha Kingsley: [voice over] The Theory of Multiverse was set forth originally by Hugh Everett in quantum mechanics. It posited that every version of our past and future histories exists, just in an alternate universe. This means that for every choice you make, an infinite number of universes exist where you made a different choice. In this way, we get to live multiple lives. I’m not quite sure which universe I’m living in now.
[meeting up with Daniel again after her appointment with Martinez, the immigration lawyer]
Daniel Bae: I’m sorry this isn’t exactly the sexiest first date.
Natasha Kingsley: Never agreed it was a date.
Daniel Bae: Oh, it is. You’ll see.
Natasha Kingsley: I wish I could just bottle your confidence and sell it, because I’d make a shit ton of money.
Daniel Bae: I’m not that confident.
[after her disastrous meeting with Daniel’s family]
Daniel Bae: I’m glad you find this funny.
Natasha Kingsley: Dude, tragedy is funny. Sometimes you got to laugh to keep from crying.
Daniel Bae: Are we in a tragedy?
Natasha Kingsley: That’s what life is. You know, we all die in the end.
Daniel Bae: Hey, I’m sorry.
Natasha Kingsley: Daniel, you’re not your dad. And you’re for sure not your brother. And they shouldn’t be mad at you because of me. They should be mad because you stole all the good looks in the family.
[they both laugh]
Daniel Bae: Thank you.
Natasha Kingsley: Do you know what I recognize? I recognize that almost every poem I’ve read is about three things. Love, sex, and the stars.
Daniel Bae: Stars are important. Didn’t we just learn that at the planetarium?
Natasha Kingsley: Sure, but I don’t know. Why not more poems about the sun? The sun is also a star.
Daniel Bae: Just because it’s the most important star doesn’t make it poetic.
Natasha Kingsley: The sun is a benevolent star. A giver. It’s our greatest symbol of hope. That’s worth writing about.
Daniel Bae: Fine. I’ll only write poems about the sun from now on.
Natasha Kingsley: Thank you.
Daniel Bae: And sex.
[to Natasha as they are kissing]
Daniel Bae: Today is not a coincidence. It led me to you.
Daniel Bae: What are you so afraid of?
Natasha Kingsley: Of being late to my appointment.
Daniel Bae: Or are you afraid of this? I know this is real. And I know you feel it too.
Natasha Kingsley: Daniel, I know you think that us meeting is fate or destiny, or whatever, but it can’t be real, because I’m probably never going to see you again!
Daniel Bae: What? Why not?
Natasha Kingsley: Because I wasn’t born here. Because my family is being deported tomorrow.
Daniel Bae: You’re leaving tomorrow?
Natasha Kingsley: Yeah, for good. You’re just making it harder, Daniel.
Daniel Bae: But there’s got to be something we can do.
[Natasha turns to leave]
Daniel Bae: Just wait, Natasha, just wait. There’s got to be something we can do. I’m right here. I’m not a dream. Okay? I’m right here. Stay.
Natasha Kingsley: Thank you for saving my life.
[she turns and starts walking off]
Daniel Bae: Natasha. Natasha.
Natasha Kingsley: No.
Daniel Bae: Natasha!
Natasha Kingsley: Leave me alone.
Daniel Bae: I don’t even have your number!
[after spending the night together]
Natasha Kingsley: What if I have to leave?
Daniel Bae: You’re not leaving.
Natasha Kingsley: How do you know that?
Daniel Bae: Because I know. The universe wants us to be together. You’re not leaving, Natasha. Don’t you see? That’s what this whole thing is. Even your jacket, “deus ex machina”. It’s fate. So you have nothing to worry about.
[after Natasha interrupts Daniel’s interview with Martinez]
Natasha Kingsley: Can my family stay?
Jeremy Martinez: No. I’m sorry.
Natasha Kingsley: So you’re saying I have to leave today?
Jeremy Martinez: Natasha, if there was anything I could have done, I’m telling you, I would have done it.
Natasha Kingsley: You said you could fix it.
Jeremy Martinez: I promised to try and I did. I really did.
Natasha Kingsley: Oh, your promises don’t mean shit!
Jeremy Martinez: Look, the current political climate, and the way they keep changing policies. I mean, I did all I could.
Natasha Kingsley: You know what’s so messed up?
Daniel Bae: I’m so sorry, Tash.
Natasha Kingsley: You said this wasn’t going to happen!
Daniel Bae: I’m so sorry.
Natasha Kingsley: You promised me this wasn’t going to happen.
[Natasha runs out of the office]
Daniel Bae: Natasha!
[as he goes after Natasha]
Jeremy Martinez: Hey! You didn’t finish your interview.
Daniel Bae: Natasha only has a few hours left. I’m not wasting another second.
Jeremy Martinez: Don’t you want the recommendation?
Daniel Bae: Not more than I want the girl.
Natasha Kingsley: I don’t know how to say goodbye.
Daniel Bae: Then don’t.
Natasha Kingsley: We still have one more test to go. The stare.
Daniel Bae: Yeah.
[Daniel takes out his phone and sets the timer]
Daniel Bae: Four minutes. No talking. Ready?
Daniel Bae: I’m not sure if we’re supposed to hold hands during this part, but the hell with it.
[he holds her hands]
Daniel Bae: It’s alright. I’m right here.
[they stare at each other]
Natasha Kingsley: [voice over] Carl Sagan once said that human beings are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it’s forever. Compared to the lifespan of the universe, our lives begin and end in a single day. I’ve come to understand it this way. The stars aren’t just balls of gas burning billions of miles away. They are also a reminder of the brief time we share on this planet.
Natasha Kingsley: [voice over] At first, Daniel and I stayed in touch. But time and distance are the heart’s natural enemies. Everyone we meet, everyone we love, how we got here, what path we choose, and who we choose to remember, they are all a part of our story. But we cannot allow the story to be written for us. Because we don’t have forever. Sometimes all we have is a single day.
[as they are saying goodbye]
Natasha Kingsley: I love you, Daniel Bae.
Daniel Bae: I guess the experiment worked.
[they kiss before Natasha turns and leaves]
[five years later; meeting with Martinez at the same cafe she went to with Daniel]
Jeremy Martinez: Sorry I’m late.
Natasha Kingsley: No, just, thank you for coming.
Jeremy Martinez: Yeah. So you found your way back to New York City, huh?
Natasha Kingsley: It wasn’t easy. As you know. But my student visa finally came through for grad school.
Jeremy Martinez: So what are you studying?
Natasha Kingsley: Astronomy. Um, I’m actually flying to San Francisco tomorrow to start my PhD at Berkeley.
Jeremy Martinez: Dr. Natasha Kingsley. Look at you.
Natasha Kingsley: Thanks.
Natasha Kingsley: I need to ask you a question.
Jeremy Martinez: Yeah, sure.
Natasha Kingsley: So the day my family got deported, there was a boy, Daniel Bae, who came to your office to interview for Dartmouth.
Jeremy Martinez: Okay.
Natasha Kingsley: You know, I haven’t been able to find him anywhere. I mean, he’s not online anymore. It’s literally like he’s vanished. And I was wondering if you have any way of contacting him.
Jeremy Martinez: No. No. When he ran out of my office, that was the last time I ever saw him. I’m sorry.
Jeremy Martinez: I’ll tell you something. You know why I remember that day?
Natasha Kingsley: Um-mm.
Jeremy Martinez: Well, because I had a million things to do that morning, and I had this accident, right? And I actually tried to convince the EMTs not to take me to the hospital. But I was glad they did.
Natasha Kingsley: Why?
Jeremy Martinez: Well, because my doctor became my wife.
[they both laugh]
Jeremy Martinez: Yeah!
Natasha Kingsley: Oh, my God!
Jeremy Martinez: I know, I know, I know.
Jeremy Martinez: So, you know, sometimes you can’t control everything. And, I don’t know. I don’t know. Maybe just being open to fate, maybe that’s a choice.
Natasha Kingsley: Maybe.
Jeremy Martinez: Uh, good luck with everything. I mean that.
Natasha Kingsley: Thank you.
Jeremy Martinez: Okay.
[last lines; after her meeting with Martinez as Natasha is about to leave the cafe she hears Daniel’s voice and turns]
Daniel Bae: This is a poem I wrote about the sun.
[Daniel notices Natasha and walks over to her]
Daniel Bae: Natasha. Wow. How?
Natasha Kingsley: I like your glasses.
Daniel Bae: I like the hair.
Natasha Kingsley: I leave tomorrow.
Daniel Bae: I only need a day.
Natasha Kingsley: Mm. Well, I don’t really have a day.
Daniel Bae: Give me an hour.
[they both laugh then start kissing]
Total Quotes: 34
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