Review: 'Newlyweeds' Is A labor of Love Definitely Worth Seeing

Produced by Liberated People founder/actor Gbenga Akinnagbe, along with Shaka King, Jim Warrick, and Michael Matthews, featuring actor Hassan Johnson, Newlyweeds, opens to a sold-out crowd

Wednesday, Sept. 18th at the Film Forum on West Houston in New York City


“The #1 NYC movie this year!”
– Spike Lee

“Beautifully understated direction.”
– Nick Schager, Village Voice
“NEWLYWEEDS is a movie of excellent riffs, understated timing, and memorable performances (Coleman Domingo makes a fabulous spectacle of himself as Nina’s colleague). Each year the New York Film Critics Circle votes a best first film; NEWLYWEEDS is pretty close to first on my list.”
– J. Hoberman,

“NEWLYWEEDS, the debut feature of writer-director Shaka King, is many things. It is an intriguing new take on the stoner comedy, the romantic comedy, and one might even say the black comedy. It’s also really funny.”
– Zeba Blay, Indiewire / Shadow and Act

“A more mature mixture of marijuana and melodrama. Alternately romantic, comedic, and melancholy. (Amari) Cheatom…manages the tricky task of making a forceful impression with a perpetually burnt-out character. He also creates a lovely, tender chemistry with (Trae) Harris, a performance artist making a propitious screen debut.”
– Geoff Berkshire, Variety

“With impressive direction, a heartfelt-but-humorous take on the funny-and-sad things marijuana abuse can do to people, and a rich portrait of a relationship just a few puffs from being all used up,NEWLYWEEDS is a striking debut from a strong talent who can find the true feelings hiding behind bloodshot eyes.”
– James Rocchi, MSN / The Hitlist

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