Jamaican-born teenager Natasha Kingsley is about to be deported alongside with her family, but on her last day on New York she makes a desperate last ditch effort to remain in the U.S.; it's then when fate intervenes and she meets Daniel Bae, a young student and the son of Korean immigrants. They quickly connect and a relationship blossoms, but will they be able to keep it afloat in spite of the impending deportation of Natasha and her family?
The Sun is Also a Star provides examples of:
- Big Apple Sauce: The entire film takes place in New York city.
- Big Brother Bully: Daniel's brother, Charles, he constantly teases him and mocks him for falling in love with a black girl. Subverted Trope, later when Natasha arrives to Daniel's parents' shop looking for him, and Charles gives her his phone number. And warns her not to break his heart.
- Black and Nerdy: Natasha, she studies quantum physics, and loves science in general.
- Culture Clash: When Daniel introduces Natasha to his parents, his father gives her a free shampoo as a gift, mentioning how it will make her hair "look less big". Natasha answers that she likes her hair just like that.
- Education Mama: Daniel's parents are revealed to be this, putting him under a lot of pressure to get into medical school, and never asking him about what he really wants.
- Hope Spot: At the end of the day Natasha has managed to build a case to avoid her family's deportation and has submitted the papers to an immigration lawyer, but the next day it turned out that the judge threw her case and she still has to leave the U.S.
- Maybe Ever After: Natasha returns to the U.S. several years later as a PhD student and reconnects with Daniel.
- No Antagonist: The film has no villain whatsoever, only the circumstances which bring Natasha and Daniel together and how those now threaten to separate them.
- Love at First Sight: Daniel becomes smitten with Natasha when he spots her in the crowd from above in Central Station.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Daniel and Natasha try to keep their fledgling romance alive in the face of Natasha's deportation, but in the end she has to leave the U.S., they try to maintain contact though but they find it too hard. Eventually Natasha comes back to the U.S. several years later as a PhD student and reconnects with Daniel.