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Kayla Tanaka (Nichole Sakura), 16, is half-Japanese, half-white, and totally American. She and her sister, 14-year-old Amberlyn (Courtney Mun), live with their parents, Ken (Chris Tashima), Japanese American, and Angie (Jessica Tuck), white, in Jefferson Park, California. Jefferson Park is a low-income section of Los Angeles less than 10 miles from Beverly Hills, but it might as well be a million miles away. Her mother is addicted to prescription meds and her father shows signs of alcoholism. When her parents announce their divorce, Ken moves in with his mother, Reiko Tanaka (Takayo Fischer), 70s, Kayla's beloved Baachan, and the girls remain with Angie.

Kayla's grades slip as she becomes more and more distracted. She meets Treyshawn Doty (Delon de Metz), a 19-year-old drug dealer, who is sympathetic about the humiliating secret of her mother's addiction, and kind and understanding about her increasing disagreements with her mother. He showers her with gifts, and promise of love. When Angie kicks her out of the house, wishing she'd never been born, Kayla moves in with Treyshawn.

When Kayla discovers her mother passed out in the bed of her neighborhood dealer, Dionte (Marc Anthony Samuel), her life spirals out of control: Kayla abandons her drawing and drops out of school, Amberlyn acts out with boys and drugs, and Ken slips into silent, stone-faced alcoholism. Kayla ignores the harsh realities of her life by escaping into the fast lane with Treyshawn, which works until they get arrested. Her gallant Treyshawn doesn't hesitate to turn her in to get himself off.

When Reiko visits Kayla in juvy, her grandmother is ashamed and says, "Japanese people don't go to prison." Kayla: "Baachan, that's not true." Reiko: "Yes, it is." Kayla: "Well, obviously not, because here I am." Reiko is upset, but manages to give Kayla some important advice: "Maybe what happens to us isn't as important as what we do about it afterwards. Ganbatte, neh? That's what we told each other in internment camp. To endure and persevere." Kayla takes her grandmother's advice to endure and persevere. She starts drawing again for the first time in months, during art time in juvy. When she is finally released, she's grateful to have the chance to start over.

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Model Minority
Doo Wop (That Thing)
Act Up
The Kids Are Alright
Make Her Say
Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe
Started From the Bottom
Lose Control (feat. Ciara & Fat Man Scoop)
Straight Outta Compton
Bad and Boujee (feat. Lil Uzi Vert)
Broken Clocks
Boo'd Up
Get By
Selfish (feat. Rihanna)
Bodak Yellow
Who's That Girl?
Yellow Ranger
Overnight Celebrity
Paper Planes
99 Problems
You Got Me
Hot Girl Summer (feat. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign)
Feeling Myself
Hypnotize - 2007 Remaster
My Dad's Gone Crazy
Doves In The Wind (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
Drunk in Love (feat. Jay-Z)
Family Affair
Who Am I (What's My Name)?
I Don't Fuck With You
(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
I Do It For Hip Hop
Werkin' Girls
Forgot About Dre
Mr. Carter
Shook Ones, Pt. II
It Was A Good Day
Gangsta's Paradise
California Love - Original Version
Big Poppa - 2007 Remaster
Ain't No Half-Steppin'
Me, Myself & I
Can I Kick It?
Get Ur Freak On
Game Theory
Ready or Not
Peter Piper

User reviews

Karen Scott

The use of different musical styles and genres in the soundtrack reflects the diverse cultural background of the characters, adding authenticity to the story.

Laura Hill

Overall, the soundtrack of Model Minority is a powerful and evocative accompaniment to the film, adding layers of emotion and depth to an already compelling narrative.

Lisa Campbell

Overall, the soundtrack of Model Minority was a powerful element that resonated with the themes of resilience, family, and redemption portrayed in the film. It added an extra layer of emotion and connection to the characters' struggles and triumphs.

Kenneth Carter

The soundtrack effectively conveys the complex relationships within Kayla's family, capturing the tension, love, and conflicts in a poignant way.

Emily Baker

The music enhances the character development, providing insight into Kayla's emotional state and growth throughout the film.

David Lopez

Additionally, I felt that the use of music in key moments of the film was misplaced and distracting. Instead of enhancing the narrative or adding to the atmosphere, the soundtrack often felt jarring and out of place, taking away from the impact of crucial scenes.

Stephanie Wright

The music in Model Minority elevates key moments in the film, intensifying the impact of pivotal scenes and drawing viewers deeper into the story.

Joshua King

The uplifting and empowering tracks in the soundtrack resonate with Kayla's journey of self-discovery and resilience, inspiring viewers to keep pushing forward.

Margaret Turner

The soundtrack of Model Minority perfectly captures the emotional turmoil and struggles faced by Kayla and her family, enhancing the storytelling.

Laura Lee

The music in Model Minority effectively enhances the storytelling, adding layers of depth and vulnerability to the already compelling narrative. The compositions are skillfully crafted to reflect the inner turmoil and growth of the characters, making the soundtrack an integral part of the overall viewing experience.

Steven Thomas

The haunting melodies in certain tracks evoke a sense of despair and hopelessness, mirroring Kayla's inner turmoil and challenges she faces.

Michael Miller

I found the soundtrack of Model Minority to be quite underwhelming. The music felt generic and uninspired, failing to capture the emotional depth and complexity of the characters' struggles and experiences.

Deborah Johnson

The soundtrack of Model Minority perfectly captures the emotional journey of Kayla and her family through its evocative and poignant melodies. Each track seems to resonate with the struggles and triumphs of the characters, creating a deeply immersive experience for the audience.

Ronald Jackson

The use of different genres in the soundtrack helped to create a diverse and rich atmosphere, reflecting the complexity of the characters' experiences. From poignant piano melodies to intense hip-hop beats, the music enhanced the storytelling and drew me further into the narrative.

Joseph Miller

The soundtrack of Model Minority showcases a diverse range of musical styles and influences, blending seamlessly to create a cohesive and engaging auditory experience. From haunting piano melodies to upbeat and energetic beats, the music elevates the film to a whole new level, leaving a lasting impact on the audience long after the credits roll.

Steven Martin

The soundtrack's dynamic range of emotions, from heart-wrenching ballads to energetic beats, creates a rich tapestry of feelings that enrich the viewing experience.

Donald Johnson

The soundtrack of Model Minority was a fitting complement to the raw and emotional journey of the characters. The music effectively captured the turbulent emotions and struggles of Kayla and her family, adding depth to their story.

Ronald Smith

The music beautifully sets the tone for the gritty and raw portrayal of life in a low-income neighborhood in Los Angeles, adding depth to the narrative.