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Malcolm & Marie (2021)

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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
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8 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

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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 »


Marie: You're gonna start making fake movies about fake people with fake emotions. And then you'll start having dinner with the white girl from LA Times
[they laugh]
Marie: Yeah.
Malcolm: [laughs] Oh, no! Not the white girl!
Marie: Mm-hmmm. You'll be taking about this one-take and... and that one-take... and how the camera...
[makes framing gestures as she talks]
Marie: You know you do that, right?
[Malcolm laughs]
Marie: Literally. Next thing you know, you'll be on your press tour for your new LEGO film. Talk about hw it's an allegory for the ...
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The title appears thirteen minutes into the film. See more »


References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »


Written by Nnamdï Ogbonnaya
Performed by NNAMDï
Courtesy of Sooper Records
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Cinema is not just about superheroes and explosions....and I'm a huge comic nerd
5 February 2021 | by tbunker-88294See all my reviews

Let me just sate the obvious first


I love Zendaya she's absolutely outstanding in this film and in general, but if you watch this film for Zendaya only and literally nothing else, you have absolutely no substance and no appreciation for ones art and are clearly ignoring an equally brilliant performance by John David Washington.

Anyone who has a problem with seeing the story of another couple or human emotion either has an unusually stable relationship or has never been in a relationship at all.

I'm seeing so many mixed reviews and the more negative reviews tend to say the same thing with absolutely NO originality. "it's pretentious" "not engaging" "it's just about a couple fighting". You don't have to like the film but at the very least be original in your criticism.

It's clear to me people are losing their sense of realism with being glued to the enormous trend of superhero sci-fi films and unnecessary sequels. Cinema is also about intriguing dialogue with realistic earthly circumstances. Sometimes you need to appreciate a more realistic emotional story.

This film is simple yet at the same time complex as what most relationships are. Human emotion and romance isn't sappy or cheesy one liners you see in sitcoms. It's deep, its raw, its cruel, and it crosses boundaries.

I give it a 7/10 overall it's a good film with excellent acting however the only critique I have with the film is that it remains the same with no unexpected twists or turns revealed.

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Release Date:

5 February 2021 (USA) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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