Director: Shaka King
Stars: Amari Cheatom, Trae Harris, Tone Tank, Colman Domingo, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Adrian Martinez
Release date: To be determined
Smashed was one of 2012's most slept-on independent movies. Starring one-time Complex cover girl Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), the film follows a married couple put to the test when their shared dependency on alcohol sends one of them spiraling out of control. It's a character study that, despite the substance abuse, invites all viewers in to share in the turmoil of the troubled relationship.
This year's relationship-on-the-rocks picture, Newlyweeds, a new dramedy from writer-director Shaka King, puts two lovers (Amari Cheatom, Trae Harris) in bed with a third troublemaker: Mary Jane.
Something tells us that King has more on his mind than just stoner-comedy tropes, and Newlyweeds—hokey title notwithstanding—could be a potent blend of marijuana humor and serious human drama. Or so we hope.