Synopsis: Henry Matthews is an exceptionally talented young R&B singer whose happy family life is disrupted when his father, a marine, is re-deployed to Afghanistan. Despite all the obstacles including losing the family home and being forced to move in with his grandfather who hates his music, Henry is inspired to enter a teen singing competition in the hopes of winning and escaping a world that is falling apart.
Genre: Drama
108 min

[Tentative music]

[Tentative music continues]

Come on, baby doll.

[Clears throat]

Do you want eggs, hon'?

Um, no, just cereal.


There's more for me.



Everything else you want

you have to get on your own.

I have to get ready.

Yeah, I want to make

the 9:
00 A.M. Meeting today.

You want me

to give you a ride?

No, I'll take the bike.

I don't want to walk back.



Give me a beatbox.

Come on, it's too early.

Come on now.


# I don't feel that

just because my missus #

# Turned me down for a ride

# Won't let it hurt my pride

# I have to let it slide

# If she prefer her two-wheel

# To the feel of my four

# I will kiss her

then I'll miss her #

# As she walk out the door

# 'cause she the prettiest thing

that you ever did meet #

# Sure to stop traffic

right there in the street #

# And every time my wife

is away from me #

# My heart gets heavy

and I hear a melody #

# About the clouds moving in

to grip the sky #

# You know

just what I'm talking 'bout #

# So sing about why

# Ain't no sunshine

when she's gone #

# It's not warm

when she's away #


# Ain't no sunshine

when she's gone #

# She's always gone too long

# Anytime she goes away

Genius son of ours,

ain't he?


Good genes.

# Wonder this time

where she's gone #

# Wonder if she's gone to stay

# Ain't no sunshine

when she's gone #

# This house

just ain't no home #

# Anytime she goes away

# I know I know I know I know

I know I know I know #

# Hey

# I ought to leave

the young thing alone #

# But there ain't no sunshine

when she's gone #

# Anytime she goes away

[Indistinct chatter]

[Mimics explosion]

[Brakes squeal]

See you later, bud.

See you, dad.

[Indistinct chatter]

Hey, Matthews.

What's that in your pants?

Your mom still so high

she can't even potty-train you?

[Kids laugh]


I've been sober

for a year and two months.



On my way here,

I had to pass by

my old stomping ground.

All the people

I used to get high with are...

Still there.

Still shooting up.


I miss it...

Getting high.

That scares the living daylights

out of me.

But you know, I mean,

the second that I feel that,

The second I get tempted,

I just think about my husband

And my boy.

They're my world,

My love.

They're my high.


It helps me

fight my temptations,

Stay on the path.


Day by day.

That's right, girl.

Yeah, that's right.

[School bell ringing]

Get him.

Come back here, chicken.

Get him!

Where you gonna go, Matthews?

He's going in the church.


Hey, hey.

Can I help you?

Are y'all here

for prayer meeting?



We're leaving.

I think you're safe now,

But I'd wait a second

before I leave.

Oh, yeah.

Thank you.

Hey, William.

Hey, Carl.

How's it going?

Oh, the same old, same old.

What you got?





Bills, bills, and more bills.


I do have something else

for you,

But it's addressed

to your house.

You want it?

Why not?

All righty.

You be good.

You take care.

[Light piano music]

Do you play?

Not really.

Oh, son, you either play

or you don't play.

Well, I do, but I don't

have a piano like that.

You ever played a real piano


No, sir.

You want to try?

Come on up here.


Come on.

Play whatever you want.

What was that

you were just playing?

Just a little something

I was working on

for worship service.

Here, you want to try?

All right.

Here you go.

[Soothing piano music]

# Come inside my heart

# Come inside, it's glorious

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Lexi Alexander

Alexandra "Lexi" Alexander (née Mirai; Arabic: الكسندرا ميراي‎; born 23 August 1974) is an Oscar-nominated Arab-German film and television director. She is a former World Karate Association world champion in karate-point fighting. Alexander is an advocate for equality in Hollywood and speaks out about against gender discrimination and sexism and promotes diversity, including a more positive and visible representation of Arabs. more…

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