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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
21 ( 20)
8 nominations. See more awards »





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

Zendaya & John David Washington on 'Malcolm & Marie'

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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?


The name "Malcolm" has multiple significances in John David Washington's life. His father Denzel Washington famously played Malcolm X in the movie Malcolm X (1992) (which a young John David appeared in). Additionally, he has a brother Malcolm, who was named after their father's aforementioned role. 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 walks into the room with a knife]
Malcolm: Marie, what are you doing? Put the knife down, please. Marie?
[she kneels down in front of him and plays with the knife]
Marie: Do you remember those antidepressants I was on? I'm not on them anymore. I'm not doing well. I'm really, really not doing well. I've never been clean. And I don't plan on getting clean. I'm a piece of shit. I'm a liar. I cheated on you. I fucked your friends
[she laughs]
Marie: I fucked your friends. God, I feel like I'm crazy. I've stolen from ...
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Crazy Credits

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


References The Best Years Of Our Lives (1946) See more »


Down and Out in New York City
Written by Bodie Chandler, Barry De Vorzon
Performed by James Brown
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

An ambitious examination of the complexities of relationships
5 February 2021 | by jmalbySee all my reviews

To my surprise, this was a very compelling film that featured captivating and powerful performances mixed with brilliant writing. The shifting balance between the two characters keeps us on edge the entire time and we're never quite sure where it's taking us next. It's definitely a daring film to make and I'm sure it will split audiences by a large margin. It's not very easy to digest and I believe it would be better suited for the stage than the screen. However, it's a bold and confident move from the director to make this kind of film, especially in this day and age of cinema, even though it doesn't entirely work to the level of his ambition.

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5 February 2021 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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