Some of my favorite films involve drug addiction. From serious films like “The Panic in Needle Park” and “Requiem for a Dream“, to the not so serious ones like “Half Baked” and “Pineapple Express“. These films are classics when it comes to the duality that can exist in drug addiction.
Shaka King’s new film, “Newlyweeds”, is engulfed in marijuana smoke. It provides a cautionary tale of addiction. The film stars Amari Cheatom as Lyle, a Brooklyn repo man living with his girlfriend, Nina, portrayed by Trae Harris. The film follows the wasted antics of Lyle and Nina. It takes you through episodes of their paranoia and hilarity, but also provides insight on how a drug so ‘natural’ can turn toxic. And thus begins their love triangle.