Picks and Pans Review: The Incredibly True Adventure of 2 Girls in Love

updated 07/17/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/17/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Laurel Holloman, Nicole Parker

The overblown, tongue-in-cheek title is something of a miscalculation—not even the world's most lurid tabloid writer would resort to the bizarre syntax of "incredibly true"—but otherwise this effort from writer-director Maria Maggenti is sunny and blessedly sane. Boyish, working-class Laurel Holloman, who is on the verge of flunking out of high school, falls in love with her classmate Nicole Parker, who is black, upper-middle-class and delicately pretty. The movie follows their courtship, which begins tentatively takes root, encounters a series of obstacles from friends and grown-ups, and then takes firmer root. These goings-on are all fairly predictable but played as nonchalant, gentle comedy. There is pain but no real suffering, no permanent emotional scarring. It's a good midsummer movie, light when the air outside is heavy. (R)

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