They both grew up poor, do not know their fathers, and form intimate, sibling-like relationships with their male friends.
Running almost an hour, the final confrontation between Phil and Leslie takes a dramatic tonal shift and feels like an entirely different film.
This white filmmaker — his name is Phil Waterhouse, and he is played somewhat gawkily by American Pie — is no saint, but he thinks of himself as a good person.
But instead of reaching out to anyone connected to the dead teen, like his mother, Leslie Aunjanue Ellis , Phil torments himself and his girlfriend, Jess Anabelle Acosta , with his obsession.
With its underwhelming performances, confusing pacing and at times wearisome dialogue, The Subject stumbles and struggles to break new ground.
A white documentarian, ravenous for authentic stories, makes a Black teenager from Harlem the subject of his film project.