Newlyweeds (2013)



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Lyle is a repo-man, an often perilous and/or heart breaking enterprise. His sole companion is his girlfriend Nina, an unemployed, capricious, dreamer. To dull the stress of their daily lives, they self-medicate with marijuana. But what should be a match made in stoner heaven turns into a love triangle gone awry in this dark comedy about addiction.(c) Official Facebook
R (for drug use throughout, pervasive language, some sexual references)
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Tone Tank
as Jackie
Hassan Johnson
as Two for Three
Tonya Pinkins
as Patrice
Diane Neal
as Manny
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Critic Reviews for Newlyweeds

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (11)

Newlyweeds is a naturalistic portrait, with a few hallucinatory flourishes, of a very specific relationship in a very specific place.

Full Review… | February 5, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Shaka King's low-budget debut feature is slim on plot but rich in attitude and on-the-ground detail of New York neighborhood life.

Full Review… | November 21, 2013
Chicago Reader
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A smoky, jazzy, biting and heartfelt comedy about two young people, one love affair, American life, African-American life, Brooklyn and - oh, yeah - weed.

Full Review… | September 23, 2013
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Newlyweeds is a movie of excellent riffs, understated timing, and memorable performances.

Full Review… | September 23, 2013
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It's a special movie. Odd, disjointed and not entirely coherent, but special.

Full Review… | September 19, 2013
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The movie at last finds its legs in a windup that has great compassion for these sweet, lost souls.

Full Review… | September 19, 2013
New York Post
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Audience Reviews for Newlyweeds

You're Indian but you're you! Lyle and Nina are in love but Nina wonders where their relationship is going. They stay home every night, complaining about their day, then get high on weed. She starts talking to a colleague, who also smokes, and realizes the only way to change their direction, is to change their actions. Can Lyle and Nina cut back on weed, or will Nina have to walk her own path to get where she wants to go? "Mommy said you were in heaven." "No baby, this is hell." Shaka King delivers Newlyweeds in his directorial debut. I thought the premise for this film was very well delivered and well paced. I also really enjoyed the development of the characters and the situations they found themselves in. The acting was better than I anticipated and the cast includes Amari Cheatom, Trae Harris, Tone Tank, Isiah Whitlock, Tonya Pinkins, and Diane Neal. "For some reason, Busta Rhymes was holding me hostage at gun point." This was an independent film I came across while scrolling through Netflix and decided to give a chance. The overall film unfolds well and tells an interesting tale. I also thought the characters and script were well written and executed. Overall, this is worth seeing once but may not be worth adding to your DVD collection because you'll likely only watch it once. "You smell like a pamper full of vomit." Grade: B

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

Beautifully written romantic comedy with great cinematography. Will take you through a journey with twists and turns of a herb toking couple that are both affected, inspired, disturbed by love and addiction to the herb.

Jenna Fisco
Jenna Fisco

I went to an opening night showing outside of Washington, D.C. and wasn't initially sure I would like Newlyweeds. First, I've never smoked pot and second, I wasn't exactly sure what to expect. But, I was pleasantly surprised at how nice this independent film turned out to be. For a first time director, Shaka King really delivers a heartfelt, well-paced movie. I didn't want to relate to the lead, Lyle. But, in the end I couldn't help but sympathize with him and that's due to some great acting by Amari Cheatom as well as the very good storytelling by King. Isiah Whitlock, Jr. (The Wire) makes a nice cameo in it as well. If you're looking for a film to take you away for an hour and a half and see a different perspective on young romance, this might be the perfect film for you.

Steve Katze
Steve Katze

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