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The Photograph (2020)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 14 February 2020 (USA)
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A series of intertwining love stories set in the past and in the present.


Stella Meghie


Stella Meghie
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Issa Rae ... Mae Morton
LaKeith Stanfield ... Michael Block
Chanté Adams ... Young Christine Eames
Y'lan Noel ... Young Isaac Jefferson
Kelvin Harrison Jr. ... Andy Morrison
Lil Rel Howery ... Kyle
Teyonah Parris ... Asia
Jasmine Cephas Jones ... Rachel Miller
Rylee Gabrielle King ... Sandrine
Phoenix Noelle ... Sophia (as Phoenix Noelle Reece)
Marsha Stephanie Blake ... Violet Eames
Wakeema Hollis ... Denise Holness
Maxwell Whittington-Cooper ... Peter Thomas
Rob Morgan ... Isaac Jefferson
Chelsea Peretti ... Sara Rodgers

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When famed photographer Christina Eames dies unexpectedly, she leaves her estranged daughter, Mae, hurt, angry and full of questions. When Mae finds a photograph tucked away in a safe-deposit box, she soon finds herself delving into her mother's early life - an investigation that leads to an unexpected romance with a rising journalist.

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexuality and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Chelsea Peretti is married to Jordan Peele, director of the film "Get Out", in which Lakeith Stanfield also appears. See more »


When Isaac takes the photo of Christina, he holds the camera in landscape (horizontal) orientation, but the photo when first printed in the darkroom is in portrait (vertical) orientation. See more »


Sara: My mother wasn't very good at love. What if I'm just like her?
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For the Good Times
Written by Kris Kristofferson (as Kristoffer Kristofferson)
Performed by Al Green
Courtesy of Hi Records
By arrangement with Fat Possum Records
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User Reviews

Okay Film 6.6/10.
14 February 2020 | by ayojerkinskaregaSee all my reviews

Production: Pretty basic all around. Nothing really stands out, but it isn't bad. Some continuity issues just like every other film. The music really sets the tone of the film. The script is a little dull/generic. 6/10.

On Screen: The acting was okay. Lakeith Stanfield made his character Michael Block, believable but, on the other hand, Issa Rae's character Mae Morton, wasn't. She didn't really have acting range. It's like she is uncomfortable the entire film. Additionally, the secondary characters are just cookie cutouts typical love movie motifs. Also, there are some plot holes that made the secondary story a little confusing. 6/10.

Content/Impact: To see black love portrayed in film is a rarity in itself. The best way to describe this film is love. The love that they show between black men and women, black women, and black men in a positive light, for the most part, is essential to tell our stories from a normalized perspective. This is what happens when we tell our own stories. 8/10.

Overall: It's a solid Valentine's day film to see with your loved ones, but because of the slow nature of this film, the performances needs to be outstanding and this falls short. I'll give it an 6.6/10.

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Release Date:

14 February 2020 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,181,865, 16 February 2020

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