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In Big Words, three estranged friends reunite in Brooklyn on the eve of Barack Obama’s election to hash out their issues from decades ago. One conversation doesn’t seem like enough fodder for an entire movie, but these carefully crafted characters have lived enough to fill out a feature film with their experiences: In 2008, the unemployed John wastes his days in seedy strip clubs; James, finally comfortable with his sexuality, lives a posh life in Manhattan; and Terry still struggles to make it as a musician. Twenty-some years before, the three of them were on the verge of making it big as a hip-hop group but sacrificed integrity in the process. Big Words, written and directed by former Washington City Paper staffer Neil Drumming, ruminates on what it means to grow up and move away from the dreams we had when we were young—but it doesn’t preach. More than anything, it reminds viewers that those dreams can alter our futures, intentionally or not.

The film shows at 7 p.m. at Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Road SE. $12. (202) 321-2878. bigwordsdc.eventbrite.com.