Video Review: Aaliyah “If Your Girl Only Knew”

In black-and-white, Aaliyah and her friends park their motorcycles in front of a house.

In color, she takes off her helmet as she walks in the house. A young man, also in color, watches her. His girlfriend, in black-and-white, moves as he gets off the couch.

Back in color, she sits in a chair inside a glass case. The young man puts his hands against the glass. A second young man and woman dance inside the case.

Lit in lime green, she stands in the elevator. She drives on the back of the motorcycle with one of her friends through the city. A third young woman pushes away her boyfriend as they argue in the elevator.  A fourth young woman dances.

Back in black-and-white, the people in the house dance while Aaliyah remains in color. She puts her hand on the chin of a fourth young man.

In color, she sits on the couch. Some of the guys turn into color as they approach her. She dances with them. The people change all into color.

Back in black-and-white, she stares into the camera.

In color, lights flash as she sits on the couch. Some of the people sit by her and dance in their seats. Changing to back to black-and-white (with only Aaliyah in color), they leave the house and get back on their motorcycles.

Rating: 3/5

Aaliyah sits by herself. The young man glances at her while he talks with his girlfriend. Aaliyah spots him and talks with one of her friends. They had agreed not to acknowledge one another in public. She preferred not to deal with the drama. His girlfriend was insecure and made sure everyone knew he was her boyfriend.

Aaliyah had guffawed as his girlfriend talked about how much he loved her and was planning to marrying someday. She shut her locker while his girlfriend glared at her. His girlfriend was being delusional and she didn’t know why her friends continued to entertain it.

During class, she asked him if he knew they were getting married after high school. He asked her where she heard it. Aaliyah said it was from her girlfriend. She was bragging in the hallway. He turns around and gives her a note. She opens it while the teacher calls attendance. It reads: “you’re my girl.” Aaliyah folds it and puts in her pocket of her jeans. He says he’ll call her later. She says they can talk about the homework.

Director: Joseph Kahn Year: 1996

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 work has been published in the White Wall Review, Sledgehammer Lit , Greatest City Collective & 45 Magazine and forthcoming in Daily Drunk Mag\'s Kristofia anthology.

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