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Unlike other stoner comedies like Half Baked and Pineapple Express, Sundance selection Newlyweeds, takes another road — by making a stoner romcom. It comes as a debut feature for writer-director Shaka King, and what’s (not?) so surprising, The stoner rom-com works really well.
Lyle (Amari Cheatom) and Nina (Trae Harris) spend much of their lives together in their Brooklyn apartment, secluded in their makeshift sanctuary smoking weed and getting high. They spout philosophical hypothesis and fondly recount their childhoods, drifting in a weed filled wonderland where life is sacred and cherished. Nina misses travelling and laments their inability to do so, Lyle agrees that it might be exciting if they were to go somewhere, “Like the Galapagos!” With that sudden incantation, Nina is spiralled into motion, her life before the Galapagos dream was languid and lacking in motivation, now suddenly she has something to work towards, and thus begin their journeys.

Much of the conflict of the film arises in Lyle’s seemingly disinterest in anything other than smoking weed. As he daydreams about coming home from his abhorrent work (he works as a repo man for a seedy rent-to-own company) to a glorious fat reefer, Nina works as a museum guide where her free-spirited and excitable nature thrives. She is determined to go to the Galapagos and works extra shifts to make as much cash as she can. There, she also meets a curator who is drawn to her enthusiasm and they form a friendship that ends up driving Lyle to jealousy, and also a black-weed-resembling-hole. In a mere few days he starts experimenting with vaporizers and even dabbles in alcohol, a drug he’d never taken a liking to before. But at $1.25 a pop, he surmises, why wouldn’t you get buzzed?

Read the rest of Fariha’s review on Afro Punk here

Unlike other stoner comedies like Half Baked and Pineapple ExpressSundance selection Newlyweeds, takes another road — by making a stoner romcom. It comes as a debut feature for writer-director Shaka King, and what’s (not?) so surprising, The stoner rom-com works really well.

Lyle (Amari Cheatom) and Nina (Trae Harris) spend much of their lives together in their Brooklyn apartment, secluded in their makeshift sanctuary smoking weed and getting high. They spout philosophical hypothesis and fondly recount their childhoods, drifting in a weed filled wonderland where life is sacred and cherished. Nina misses travelling and laments their inability to do so, Lyle agrees that it might be exciting if they were to go somewhere, “Like the Galapagos!” With that sudden incantation, Nina is spiralled into motion, her life before the Galapagos dream was languid and lacking in motivation, now suddenly she has something to work towards, and thus begin their journeys.

Much of the conflict of the film arises in Lyle’s seemingly disinterest in anything other than smoking weed. As he daydreams about coming home from his abhorrent work (he works as a repo man for a seedy rent-to-own company) to a glorious fat reefer, Nina works as a museum guide where her free-spirited and excitable nature thrives. She is determined to go to the Galapagos and works extra shifts to make as much cash as she can. There, she also meets a curator who is drawn to her enthusiasm and they form a friendship that ends up driving Lyle to jealousy, and also a black-weed-resembling-hole. In a mere few days he starts experimenting with vaporizers and even dabbles in alcohol, a drug he’d never taken a liking to before. But at $1.25 a pop, he surmises, why wouldn’t you get buzzed?

Read the rest of Fariha’s review on Afro Punk here

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