If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk
If Beale Street Could Talk
  • R
  • 1h 59m
  • 2018
Certified Fresh95%
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From director Barry Jenkins comes this timeless love story set in 1970s Harlem, based on James Baldwin’s bestseller. The future holds promise for newly engaged 19-year-old Tish and her fiancé “Fonny” until Fonny is jailed for a crime he didn’t commit. Now the pair and their families fight for justice in the name of love and the promise of the American dream in this lush, moving, dramatic film.

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Certified Fresh95%
Critics Consensus: If Beale Street Could Talk honors its source material with a beautifully filmed adaptation that finds director Barry Jenkins further strengthening his visual and narrative craft.
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Mature, beautifully acted drama from "Moonlight" director.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that If Beale Street Could Talk is writer-director Barry Jenkins' adaptation of James Baldwin's love story set in early 1970s Harlem. Starring KiKi Layne and Stephan James as young lovers Tish and Fonny, the movie is equal parts romance, family drama, and crime story about the injustices faced by African Americans. Expect strong language ("f--k," "c--t," "s--t," the "N" word, and more) and a few sex scenes (with some quick partial nudity), as well as police corruption and many discussions of institutional racism. Violence includes a confrontation between Fonny and another man, as well as a moment of domestic abuse when a man strikes his wife for saying something hateful. A rape victim feels threatened by someone's presence and begins to yell and cry. The movie's themes are heavy but still relevant (and most appropriate) for adults and older teens -- some of whom might be reading Baldwin in high school. Plus, it has valuable messages about the power of unconditional love and the importance of people who will support and protect you.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:December 14, 2018
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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