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The Photograph

The Photograph
The Photograph
The Photograph
  • PG-13
  • 1h 46m
  • 2020
Certified Fresh75%
Common Sense Media Iconage 13+
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The discovery of a hidden family photograph sends Mae Morton (Issa Rae) on a quest for answers. The journey into her estranged mother's past exposes many secrets and ignites a powerful, unexpected romance with rising-star journalist Michael Block (Lakeith Stanfield). Award-winning writer-director Stella Meghie (The Weekend, Jean of the Joneses) tells a sweeping love story about forgiveness and finding the courage to seek the truth, no matter where it leads you.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh75%
Critics Consensus: Gorgeous visuals, an affecting love story, and simmering chemistry between Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield keep The Photograph solidly in focus.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Genuine romantic drama positively showcases Black love.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Photograph is a romantic drama about two middle-class Black millennial professionals (Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield) living in New York City. The characters' on-screen relationships are free of trauma, abuse, or any other negative stereotypes -- overall, the film is full of positive depictions of Black life. Adults drink socially and kiss. There's a tasteful sex scene that doesn't include nudity, some innuendo, and brief swearing ("f--k"). The film is free of violence, and it offers themes of communication, compassion, courage, and curiosity, plus messages about the importance of love, family, and female friendships. Inspired by favorites like Love & Basketball and Love Jones, this film is age-appropriate for teens and portrays falling in love in a universal way. It's directed and written by Stella Meghie (Insecure, Grown-ish).

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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:February 14, 2020
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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