Jessica Williams is making being in your late twenties a magical thing. You’ve seen her in “Dear White People” and “2 Dope Queens” and now she is starring in her first ever Netflix Original Movie, The Incredible Jessica James. This movie has a hilarious cast starring Chris O’Dowd (Moone Boy), Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out) and Noel Wells (Master of None). I will say that I was only bummed because I thought this was going to be a TV Series and not a movie, but that’s just because I don’t want the story of Jessica James to end!
Jessica James, the quirky Black playwright, is grieving over the break up with her beloved ex-boyfriend. Throughout the movie she gives zero fucks! She has the best self-esteem and isn’t afraid to knock the patriarchy out of the way, while using so much humor to get through the day. I loved the imagery behind her day dreams thinking about Damon, the dreaded ex. As someone who constantly day dreams of her “if only” and “what ifs”, I could appreciate the realness of yearning to be wanted. To hear that they were wrong and everything should go back to when they were in love. Jessica goes through this journey of accepting and it has me thinking that life is just full of journeys. Sometimes they can be unforgettably beautiful and sometimes you just want to give up. In Jessica’s case, she’s doing what anyone can offer, her best.
Something I will point out that I did genuinely love about the movie, is the fact that not once did Jessica say anything negative about herself. The whole-time life was throwing waves at her, she did get frustrated, but on the basis that she was too dope for all the bullshit. I think that concept is important because, it’s very common for women to start having low self-esteem, self-doubt, and thinking they aren’t worthy after ending a long-term relationship. I would also like to point out that it would be nice to see Black women in a wider variety of characters, sometimes I feel like it’s either the quirky nerdy girl or the aggressive Black woman. I just hope that Hollywood knows that there are more dimensions to us then these two roles. You don’t have to just choose between roles like Issa and Cookie. Aside from that, The Incredible Jessica James was a refreshing representation of a young Black woman living her quirky life. If you haven’t had the chance yet to watch, go check it out.
Words by Tesia Pennie // @childish_fun