“The Photograph” (Universal)
By Catholic News Service
Mature, though morally flawed, romantic drama interweaves the burgeoning current-day relationship between a museum staffer (Issa Rae) and a journalist (LaKeith Stanfield) with flashbacks to the 1980s bond between the curator’s mother (Chante Adams), then an up-and-coming professional photographer, and her less ambitious boyfriend (Y’lan Noel).
Writer-director Stella Meghie works at a leisurely pace to weave a tale emphasizing the importance of communication, openness and commitment and evokes some potent performances. But her script not only takes prenuptial relations for granted but romanticizes them.
Semi-graphic premarital sexual activity, partial and fleeting rear nudity, at least one mild oath, references to drug use and sexuality. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association rating is PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.