nuance \ ˈnü-ˌän(t)s \ part of speech
1. a subtle difference in meaning, opinion or attitude
2. the ability or awareness of slight differences in meaning or feeling
The word nuance has appeared in 207 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on March 3 in “Moxie’ Review: Rebel With a Cause” by Jeannette Catsoulis:
Despite an appealing young cast — Nico Hiraga, as Vivian’s sweetly respectful love interest, is a standout — “Moxie” needs fewer stereotypes and infinitely more nuance. The characters are underwritten and the screenplay (by Tamara Chestna and Dylan Meyer) overstuffed. Transgender and immigrant issues, as well as gender inequality in sports, are all superficially checked off in a plot that nostalgically suggests a homemade pamphlet from last century is more likely to raise consciousness than a wall-to-wall culture of #MeToo.
Burdened by oversimplification and a troubling coarseness — one young woman’s devastating revelation is a mere steppingstone to the film’s ra-ra finale — “Moxie” is a CliffsNotes guide to fighting the patriarchy. In its hyper-condensed view, all you need is a tank top, a Bikini Kill song and a mass walkout and voilà! The struggle is over.
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