A director and his girlfriend's relationship is tested after they return home from his movie premiere and await critics' responses.


Sam Levinson


Sam Levinson
951 ( 124)
1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »





Complete credited cast:
John David Washington ... Malcolm
Zendaya ... Marie

Zendaya & John David Washington on 'Malcolm & Marie'

The stars of Malcolm & Marie share what they admire about each other and what drove them to compete to do their best work on set.

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A filmmaker returns home with his girlfriend following a celebratory movie premiere as he awaits what's sure to be imminent critical and financial success. The evening suddenly takes a turn as revelations about their relationships begin to surface, testing the strength of their love. Written by Fizz_Y123

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Madly in Love


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Zendaya's middle name is Maree, pronounced the same as 'Marie.' See more »


In the bathroom scene, Marie's bath water is clear in the first few shots, but is later seen to be cloudy without her obviously adding anything to it. See more »


Malcolm: Some people would say lack of jealousy is a good thing.
Marie: Not when it borders on indifference.
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Crazy Credits

The title appears thirteen minutes into the film. See more »


Written by Nnamdï Ogbonnaya
Performed by NNAMDï
Courtesy of Sooper Records
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Has its moments for sure, but can't quite sustain itself through all 106 minutes
10 February 2021 | by Jeremy_UrquhartSee all my reviews

Probably would have been better as a short film, because it really started to drag and feel a little repetitive in the second half.

It's a decent effort to do one of those one-location, limited cast kind of movies, but it is let down in the writing, with some dialogue that feels very overwritten at points, and a lot of scenes that feel like they hammer home the same point again and again. You could argue it's intentional, but I'm sure there would be ways to have that repetition as a theme without making the film feel like a bit of a chore to sit through after about the 50-minute mark.

That being said: even though the black and white cinematography doesn't seem to serve a concrete purpose, it does look fairly nice. And the film is saved by its two performances, who do surprisingly good work with a screenplay packed with lines (and whole scenes) that would be difficult to act convincingly.

Overall, it's far from terrible, and I did get a fair bit of enjoyment out of the first half and small parts here and there in the second, but it doesn't quite sustain itself well enough to justify the feature-length runtime, in my opinion.

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Release Date:

5 February 2021 (USA) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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