Hearts Beat Loud ★★★½

maybe i'm just getting soft in my old age (33 going on 70), but this charming little movie worked me over something fierce. just the right balance between the sweet and the sour, cast to perfection, and Kiersey Clemons can SING (and Keegan DeWitt gives her some lovely synth jams to flex over).

also there's an unexpected scene where Toni Collette does karaoke to a song by one of my oldest friends, and since we're all just keeping things casual and lower case up in here i feel comfortable enough to admit that i practically levitated out of the fucking theater.