Since your plans to go meat bowling fell through, why not stay home and watch a thrilling documentary about high school students in Chicago delivering their experiences through the energetic art of spoken word?

Is Louder Than a Bomb a tough sell? Of course it is, unless you’re already a slam poetry fan, but this is the kind of movie that you have to give a chance because it will richly reward you. Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel have directed a movie here that is genuine down to its bones, equal parts heartbreaking and triumphant, and engaging beyond its concept.

You can watch it tonight (Jan. 5th) on OWN at 9pm ET/8pm CT. Plus, if you’re so inclined, you can ask the directors questions and make comments on The Twitter during the broadcast by hashtagging with #LTAB.

A movie about high school poetry sounds dreadful, but these kids really are talented beyond their years, and their personal stories are thoroughly compelling. If you need more proof, check out the trailer:

You can also check out my interview with Jacobs about the process of making the movie.

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