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Yes, God, Yes (2020)

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Critic Consensus: Natalia Dyer's charming performance -- and writer-director Karen Maine's sensitive work -- will leave audiences saying Yes, God, Yes to this coming-of-age dramedy.

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Growing up in the Midwest in the early 00s, sixteen-year-old Alice has always been a good Catholic. But when an innocent AOL chat turns racy, she discovers masturbation and is overwhelmed with guilt. Seeking redemption, she attends a mysterious religious retreat to try and suppress her urges, but it isn't easy, especially after a cute upperclassman starts flirting with her. Alice's sense of shame is spiraling when she uncovers a shocking truth about the retreat's most devout. Desperate and confused, she flees the retreat and meets an unlikely ally who offers an alternative view of what it means to be a good person. For the first time, Alice realizes she can decide for herself what to believe and finally gets the release she needs.

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The film serves as an ode to the sexually naive - pioneers in their own pleasure.

August 20, 2020 | Rating: 4/5

An original, charming and honest story on adolescence and religion.

August 3, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Karen Maine's script confronts Catholicism's bare-faced hypocrisy with satirical aplomb.

July 31, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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This is a story of teenage innocence and religious guilt, and it's told in a smart, warmhearted manner, without turning sarcastic or cruel.

July 31, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Maine's film captures something indelible about adolescent female desire, without condescending or objectifying, because she understands, subjectively, what that looks and feels like: all the confusion and shame, but yes, also the pleasure.

July 28, 2020 | Full Review…

Maine's semi-autobiographical tale strikes just the right notes over its 74-minute running time - and while the material may be objectionable to some, this Roman Catholic found it to be hilarious and engaging.

July 27, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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