Smoldering chemistry and sharp wit set ‘The Photograph’ apart from the usual rom-com

Smoldering chemistry and sharp wit set ‘The Photograph’ apart from the usual rom-com

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We’re 88Nine’s Justin Barney and Milwaukee Film’s Kpolly. We’re buds, we like cinema — we’re Cinebuds.

“The Photograph” is a new movie with a very cheesy poster that debuted on Valentine’s Day. All signs indicated that this was a made-for-Hallmark-straight-to-DVD-after-spending-Valentine’s-day-in-the-theater-schmaltzy-romantic-blah-fest that is safe to skip. BUT, don’t let that black and white poster with their foreheads just ever so slightly touching and the release date fool you, “The Photograph” is more than it seems.

Michael Block (LaKeith Stanfield) and Mae Morton (Issa Rae) in The Photograph | Photo courtesy Universal

It stars LaKeith Stanfield, who smolders oh so smoldery all through this movie, making you fall EVEN more in love with him. Lil Rel Howery plays, basically, the same character he played in “Brittany Runs a Marathon,” but that character is so funny and we need more of him in every movie. The score is done by Grammy Award winner, and musical genius, Robert Glasper. Sure, it is still boxed in by the typical beats of any love story, BUT it plays well within its boundaries.

‘The Photograph’ is, as they say, worth a thousand words. And we say all those words in the podcast. Check it out below.

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