“The Photograph” (Universal)

Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield star in a scene from the movie "The Photograph." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/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.

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