We Grown Now


Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Fri, May 31 3:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Sat, Jun 1 3:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Mon, Jun 3 3:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Tue, Jun 4 6:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Wed, Jun 5 3:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Thu, Jun 6 6:30 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Narrative Feature
Release Year:2023
Run Time:93 minutes
Production Country:United States
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Minhal Baig
Cast:Blake Cameron James
Gian Knight Ramirez
Jurnee Smollett
S. Epatha Merkerson


Don't be afraid to fly.

For Malik and Eric — two best friends who are more like brothers living in Cabrini-Green, Chicago — childhood brims with unbound possibilities that extend beyond their more than 15,000-person housing complex. They see their environment through the lens of a youthful, optimistic imagination. The year is 1992 — Michael Jordan is at the height of his success, and the two boys are blissfully carefree and bursting with potential.

Whether excelling at jumping competitions in the playground, dishing out hilariously juvenile jokes, or escaping the doldrums of school, the pair explore their world without caution or hesitation. At home, Malik’s mother, Dolores, strives to provide a loving foundation for her kids to flourish and where outside barriers don’t hinder their dreams. But when a tragic loss rocks their community, the boys’ friendship is tested despite their families’ efforts to prepare them for the turmoil.

Despite the greater forces at play, the boys know their lives matter, their aspirations are valid, and home is anywhere with the ones they love.

Punctuated with elements of visual wonder and youthful imagination, “We Grown Now” straddles the line between a powerful social drama and a heartwarming, realist tale of unconditional friendship. If growing up fast is inevitable for these young, charming heroes, they do so without losing sight of their dreams.