17 September 2013 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Ganja gets a couple high before dragging them low in Newlyweeds, a small-scale domestic drama that won't help further the legalization cause. In Bed-Stuy, Lyle (Amari Cheatom) dulls the pain of his dreary repo-man life by smoking up with girlfriend Nina (Trae Harris), who gives museum tours to elementary school students while stoned. Theirs is a relationship founded on escaping mundanity through marijuana, though when Nina—instigated by a worldly coworker (Colman Domingo)—decides that she'd like to actually follow through on Lyle's stated desire to visit the Galapagos, friction mounts. Debut writer-director Shaka King dramatizes her characters' descent into disarray with disarming intimacy, capturing the relaxed bliss of their pot-fueled rapport while simultaneously »


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