'#Reality High'

When Dani Barnes (Nesta Cooper, right) begins dating Cameron Drake (Keith Powers) in the new teen rom-com "#RealityHigh," things aren't all what they seem.

What do you get when you start dating the ex of a jealous social media star? Trouble. It doesn't help if this also happens during a very crucial time: high school.

That's where viewers find high school senior Dani Barnes (Nesta Cooper, "The Edge of Seventeen"), in a brand new whirlwind of popularity as she begins dating the most popular basketball star in school, Cameron Drake (Keith Powers, "Famous In Love").

But what do you do when ex-girlfriend Alexa Medina (Alicia Sanz, "Shots Fired") wants to be your new best friend?

That's the dilemma Dani has to deal with in Netflix's original teenage romantic-comedy "#RealityHigh."

Dani is volunteering at an animal clinic in hopes of getting a letter of recommendation to attend University of California, Davis, when sparks fly between her and Cameron, whom she's had a crush on since they were young.

They start dating, but Dani remains true to herself, wearing the same clothes she's always worn and keeping up with her responsibilities. That is, until Alexa wants to be her best friend again. She's then introduced to the glamorous, expensive and sometimes dangerous side of Southern California.

The writing in this film is seamlessly funny with quippy sarcasm, but it's also heartfelt when dealing with the sensitivity of teenagers going through all of the motions of a high school setting.

Still, there's something much bigger at play.

This is the first teen movie viewers have been introduced to in a long time where two African-American leads are portrayed in an unfamiliar light.

Cooper isn't portraying the sassy best friend — she's the wholesome lead who knows where she wants to go in life. As for Powers, he's not a goofy addition for comic relief on the basketball team — he's the lead with a good head on his shoulders.

As streaming sites, TV series and movies increasingly show African-American adults as doctors, lawyers and police officers — teens often continue to be portrayed as sassy and overly-lively too much of the time. This movie gives viewers a refreshing take on the average African-American teenager.