Yes, God, Yes, 2019 – ★★★★

Coming of age films and sexual awakening films live or die on their internal reality. Yes, God, Yes pings so many things for me, as someone who was on AOL at the end of high school and grew up Catholic with the fear that masturbation would send me straight to hell, do not pass go. The movie shows the inherent hypocrisy inherent as devotion gets more intense, such as on a purity retreat, and refreshingly it doesn’t cast sweeping judgments in any direction. Natalia Dyer’s wide-eyed consternation at her feelings vs the world is wonderful. In the end, it’s all best summed up by an in film line: “we’re all going through our own shit.”

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