Video Review: Tracie Spencer “Symptoms of True Love”

Against a wall, in a pop art painting similar to Roy Lichtenstein, a young woman closes her eyes. Two people dance behind a square of dots, which rotate to electric blue. A blonde girl’s mouth forms an “O” in a painting. Several dancers perform by some cutouts as Tracie Spencer stands in front.  She dances by herself by the cutouts.

Two dancers, in silhouette, dance behind a painting of an African-American man talking on the phone. Spencer dances within a square, which forms a white background. The lyrics display in the bubbles in the paintings. Take My Breath Away is displayed in a charcoal font. Several dancers perform by a sideways gray square. Two dancers move their arms in silhouette while a painting rotates between electric blue and candy red dots.

Two dancers dance by a pale blue dotted square, splits them image into a silhouette. She joins the two dancers in front of a painting of a blonde young woman. The painting of a young woman closing her eyes gets featured again.

Rating: 4/5

Tracie Spencer puts her compact away as she looks at the Roy Lichtenstein painting, Hopeless. She reads the thought bubble over the blonde young woman’s head: “that’s the way it should’v’e begun. But it’s hopeless!” High school had started rough for her. Most of her longtime friends no longer speak to her. It was after she became best friends with a popular sophomore while working on a group project together. She started dating a football player and hanging out at parties on the weekend. She no longer read or shopped at discount stores. Her usual topics were makeup or the gossip surrounding the school.

In the cafeteria, she sees her former group of friends, sitting together and laughing. Her best friend remarks that she traded up and has a tiara in her future. One of her friends says Spencer was nominated for Homecoming Court. Her best friend proclaims that the crown is hers. No matter what, it was always a competition. Spencer was reminded she was second best and fortunate to be included at all.

She thinks of talking to her former group of friends after class. However, her former friends glare at her and she returns to biting her carrots. Her mom tells her they’ll be willing to talk to her again. However, she adds, they don’t know her right now. Spencer isn’t sure who that is, either.

Director: N/A Year: 1988

Pam Avoledo Administrator
Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her poetry has been published in the White Wall Review and 45 Magazine.

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