A mixed-race teenager begins a secret relationship with the popular boy at her school, following her parents' divorce in InBetween Girl. Angie Chen (Emma Galbraith) is a teenage girl in Galveston, Texas, born to Chinese father Fai (KaiChow Lau) and white American mother Veronica (Liz Waters). In the aftermath of her parents' sudden divorce, Angie ends up hooking up with her high school crush Liam (William Magnuson), despite the fact that he already has an incredibly popular social media influencer girlfriend in Sheryl White (Emily Garrett). Angie continues her secret fling with Liam until she gets to know Sheryl and becomes plagued with guilt.
InBetween Girl is the debut feature film by writer/director Mei Makino. The film is a coming-of-age story surrounding Chinese-American teenager Angie Chen, who finds herself at a crossroads in her life, frequently recording video diaries to her future self. Angie is immensely bothered at not only her parents' divorce but also the fact that her father quickly finds a “new family” more ingrained in Chinese culture. Angie's fling with Liam ends up being her only release from this angst, though she soon has regrets again being the other woman when Angie gets to know Liam's girlfriend Sheryl.
InBetween Girl is a young adult tale that sees protagonist Angie Chen learn some important life lessons, while also coming to terms somewhat with her status as an American-born Chinese woman, who never really learned to speak Mandarin, unlike her father's new partner and daughter. Overall, InBetween Girl ends up being a solid debut for Mei Makino, which avoids falling into the usual teen movie cliches.