CODA is a coming-of-age story meant to move. And while the beats of the film may be predictable, it’s no less affecting. Following Ruby Rossi (Emilia Jones), a child of deaf adults (CODA) and the only hearing person in her family, viewers are introduced to a teenager that’s torn. Will she help her parents (played to perfection by Marlee Matlin and Troy Kotsur) and older brother (Daniel Durant) keep the family fishing business afloat or pursue her love of music? “If I was blind would you want to paint?” asks Ruby’s mother. The question reveals a familiar mother-daughter tension while honing in on the heart of the film. Ruby is entering adulthood. No longer her mother’s baby, it’s also time that she’s no longer her family’s interpreter. As they relearn how to communicate with each other, the film offers reassurance that each family member will fill their new role successfully. PG-13, 111 min.

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