Leah Lewis in “The Half of It”

Alice Wu’s autobiographical romantic comedy “The Half of It” is worth watching for many reasons, including its original and modern take on the Cyrano de Bergerac theme of love letters written by a surrogate. Perhaps the movie’s biggest revelation is the performance of Leah Lewis, a singer-songwriter whose utter naturalness on screen suggests she’ll soon be a full-time thespian. Her autobiography is intriguing — adopted from a Chinese orphanage at 8 months — and so is her speaking voice, which is surprisingly contralto, rich and expressive. She’s a young woman (23) who sounds like she’s lived several lifetimes. We’ll be watching wherever she takes her giant talent.

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