Sundance 2013 Review: Shaka King's 'Newlyweeds'

From Shadow and Act Sat Jan 19 2013, 20:16:42

Newlyweeds, the debut feature of writer-director Shaka King, is many things. It is an intriguing new take on the stoner comedy, the romantic comedy, and one might even say the "black comedy." It's a charming independent venture that takes chances, many of which that work, in presenting a love story about growing up and growing apart. It's also really funny. The film focuses on couple Lyle (Amari Cheatom) and Nina (Trae Harris), two twenty-somethings who spend a rather large portion of their time together getting high. Nina is a free-spirited tour guide at a local museum, while Lyle holds down a job he absolutely despises as a repo man for a seedy rent-to-own...

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