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CODA is about the hearing daughter Ruby (Emilia Jones) of deaf adults (hence CODA), her former beauty queen mother Jackie (Marlee Matlin) and her fisherman father Frank (Troy Kotsur). As their business is threatened, Ruby joins glee club run by the kind but firm Bernardo Villalobos (Eugenio Derbez), who discovers her talent for music and encourages her to go to musical school, away from her beloved family.
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At least half the film dialogue is in American Sign Language, due to much of the cast being Deaf. Ruby, who is the titular CODA (child of deaf adults) also knows ASL fluently, translating for her parents and brother, who are Deaf.

An American remake of the 2014 French film La Famille Bélier, CODA premiered at Sundance in 2021, before being purchased by Apple TV+ and premiering in August 2021.


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  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Ruby has to suffer from her dad talking (through sign language) about how Miles, her new boyfriend, should use a condom while they have sex, in a very over the top way (the two aren't actually sexually active). It would be amusing to many people watching the film, but much the opposite for her.
  • "Billy Elliot" Plot: Ruby loves music and wants to sing, but her family cannot understand because they are all Deaf.
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  • Consistent Clothing Style: Ruby frequently wears shorts or a mini skirt with a plaid shirt on top.
  • Daddy's Girl: Ruby is closer to her father than her mother.
  • Disabled Means Helpless: Deconstructed. The rest of the Rossis are very dependent on Ruby, who can hear while they are all Deaf. However, it's made clear that they actually came to rely on her because they didn't want her to have a harder life because of their disabilities, which ultimately led to them getting more isolated from hearing families.
  • Easily Forgiven: Ruby forgives Miles pretty easily for betraying her and revealing to her worst enemy that he heard her parents having sex, resulting in her being bullied for it.
  • Happily Married: Jackie and Frank are absolutely besotted with each other after decades, even to the point of refusing to stop having sex for a period of time.
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  • Like Goes with Like: In that Ruby's parents are both Deaf.
  • Non-Indicative Name: In the sense that it's not clear CODA is technically initials (for "child of deaf adults").
  • Parental Sexuality Squick: Ruby mainly finds hearing her parents have sex icky because Miles is there, but she's also shown to have to deal with taking them to the doctors for embarrassing, sex-related reasons.
  • Right Through the Wall: Jackie and Frank have sex when Ruby has Miles over. Being Deaf, they don't realize that they are ''loud'' and Ruby and Miles can hear them.

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