A director and his girlfriend's relationship is tested after they return home from his movie premiere and face each other's turmoil during one long night.


Sam Levinson


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


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?


Malcolm refers several times to a critic who says he's "the next Spike Lee." John David Washington, who plays Malcolm, has worked with Lee on Malcolm X (1992) and BlacKkKlansman (2018). 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: You should've never given up acting, baby.
Marie: Why, Malcolm?
Malcolm: I always believed if you found a character that actually allowed you to be yourself, you'd be astonishing.
Marie: Well Malcolm, unfortunately no one can really write me except you.
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Crazy Credits

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


References The Battle of Algiers (1966) See more »


In a Sentimental Mood
Written by Duke Ellington
Performed by Duke Ellington and John Coltrane
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

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 »

Also Known As:

Malcolm & Marie See more »

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1.85 : 1
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