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* YouAreACreditToYourRace: This is how Malcolm views a positive review for his film from a white critic: he's a contributor to ''black'' cinema. He is offended by the notion that he can't make art without it being connected to his blackness.

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* YouAreACreditToYourRace: This is how Malcolm views a positive review for his film from a white critic: he's a contributor to ''black'' cinema. He is offended by the notion that he can't make art without it being connected to his blackness.blackness.
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* ComplimentBackfire: Midway through the film the first review of Malcolm's film comes in, and it's positive. The problem; it was written by a white female critic that early on in the film Malcolm describes as being incredibly insincere, praising him as a black man, not as a filmmaker. He points out that she calls him the next Spike Lee, Barry Jenkins or John Singleton, and when he asks "What about the next William Wyler?", her response is "Was William Wyler black?" As for the review itself, he's incensed that she spends most of the review talking about race, when he insists the movie isn't about race at all but about trying to get clean and sober, and is especially offended by her claim that the white doctor in the film avoids being made into a white savior.

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* ComplimentBackfire: Midway through the film the first review of Malcolm's film comes in, and it's positive. The problem; it was written by a white female critic that early on in the film Malcolm describes as being incredibly insincere, praising him as a black man, not as a filmmaker. He points out that she calls him the next Spike Lee, Barry Jenkins Creator/SpikeLee, Creator/BarryJenkins, or John Singleton, Creator/JohnSingleton, and when he asks "What about the next William Wyler?", Creator/WilliamWyler?", her response is "Was William Wyler black?" As for the review itself, he's incensed that she spends most of the review talking about race, when he insists the movie isn't about race at all but about trying to get clean and sober, and is especially offended by her claim that the white doctor in the film avoids being made into a white savior.


* OscarBait: A film made by a rising filmmaker starring two new, major stars, shot in black and white and devoting quite a bit of its runtime to giving the leads showy monologues. Despite this, it was almost entirely shut out of every awards ceremony that year.

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* OscarBait: A film made by a rising filmmaker starring two new, major stars, shot in black and white and devoting quite a bit of its runtime to giving the leads showy monologues. Despite this, it was almost entirely shut out of every awards ceremony that year.


* OscarBait: A film made by a rising filmmaker starring two new, major stars, shot in black and white and devoting quite a bit of its runtime to giving the leads showy monologues.

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* OscarBait: A film made by a rising filmmaker starring two new, major stars, shot in black and white and devoting quite a bit of its runtime to giving the leads showy monologues. Despite this, it was almost entirely shut out of every awards ceremony that year.


* OscarBait: A film made by a rising filmmaker starring two new, major stars, shot in black and white and devoting quite a bit of it's runtime to giving the leads showy monologues.

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* OscarBait: A film made by a rising filmmaker starring two new, major stars, shot in black and white and devoting quite a bit of it's its runtime to giving the leads showy monologues.


* OscarBait: A film made by a rising filmmaker starring two new, major stars, shot in black and white and devoting quite a bit of it's runtime to giving the leads showy monologues. However, it proved to be a no show at almost all awards bodies.

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* OscarBait: A film made by a rising filmmaker starring two new, major stars, shot in black and white and devoting quite a bit of it's runtime to giving the leads showy monologues. However, it proved to be a no show at almost all awards bodies.

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* OscarBait: A film made by a rising filmmaker starring two new, major stars, shot in black and white and devoting quite a bit of it's runtime to giving the leads showy monologues. However, it proved to be a no show at almost all awards bodies.

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* {{Jerkass}}: As can be expected from a movie that's basically one long argument, both Malcolm and Marie act rather nasty towards each other.


* ComplimentBackfire: Midway through the film the first review of Malcolm's film comes in, and it's positive. The problem; it was written by a white female critic that early on in the film Malcolm describes as being incredibly insincere, praising him as a black man, not as a filmmaker. He points out that she calls him the next Spike Lee, Barry Jenkins or John Singleton, and when he asks "What about the next William Wyler?", her response is "Was William Wyler black?" As for the review itself, he's incensed that she spends most of the review talking about race, when he insists the movie isn't about race at all but about trying to get clean and sober, and is especially offended by her claim that the white doctor in the film avoids being made into a white savior. As he rants: "''Avoids'' being a white savior!? She ''is'' a savior, she's ''trying'' to save her! Avoided the white savior trap? If I were white they'd say I fell into the trap!" Marie replies, when he's finished, "So this is what you're like with a positive review?"

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* ComplimentBackfire: Midway through the film the first review of Malcolm's film comes in, and it's positive. The problem; it was written by a white female critic that early on in the film Malcolm describes as being incredibly insincere, praising him as a black man, not as a filmmaker. He points out that she calls him the next Spike Lee, Barry Jenkins or John Singleton, and when he asks "What about the next William Wyler?", her response is "Was William Wyler black?" As for the review itself, he's incensed that she spends most of the review talking about race, when he insists the movie isn't about race at all but about trying to get clean and sober, and is especially offended by her claim that the white doctor in the film avoids being made into a white savior. As he rants: "''Avoids'' savior.
-->'''Malcolm:''' ''Avoids''
being a white savior!? She ''is'' a savior, she's ''trying'' to save her! Avoided the white savior trap? If I were white they'd say I fell into the trap!" Marie replies, when he's finished, "So trap![...]\\
'''Marie:''' So
this is what you're like with a positive review?"review?



* YouAreACreditToYourRace: This is how Malcolm views a positive review for his film from a white critic.

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* YouAreACreditToYourRace: This is how Malcolm views a positive review for his film from a white critic.critic: he's a contributor to ''black'' cinema. He is offended by the notion that he can't make art without it being connected to his blackness.


* ComplimentBackfire: Midway through the film the first review of Malcolm's film comes in, and it's positive. The problem; it was written by a white female critic that early on in the film Malcolm describes as being incredibly insincere, praising him as a black man, not as a filmmaker. He points out that she calls him the next Spike Lee, Barry Jenkins or John Singleton, and when he asks "What about the next William Wyler?", her response is "Was William Wyler black?" As for the review itself, he's incensed that she spends most of the review talking about race, when he insists the movie isn't about race at all but about trying to get clean and sober, and is especially offended by her claim that the white doctor in the film avoids being made into a white savior. As he rants: "''Avoids'' being a white savior!? She ''is'' a savior, she's ''trying'' to save her! Avoided the white savior trap? If I were white they'd say I fell into the trap!" Marie replies, when he's finished, "So this is what you're like with a positive review?"



* WriteWhatYouKnow: InUniverse, Malcolm's film about a young female drug addict trying to get clean strongly draws from his girlfriend Marie's story (among others), and she's upset with him for not involving her as much as he could have or crediting her properly afterwards.

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* WriteWhatYouKnow: InUniverse, Malcolm's film about a young female drug addict trying to get clean strongly draws from his girlfriend Marie's story (among others), and she's upset with him for not involving her as much as he could have or crediting her properly afterwards.afterwards.
* YouAreACreditToYourRace: This is how Malcolm views a positive review for his film from a white critic.

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It got a limited release on January 29, 2021, and was released on Creator/{{Netflix}} a week later.

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->'''Malcolm:''' You know I made a mistake, so why turn it into something more?\\
'''Marie:''' Because it is more.[...] It's our entire fucking relationship in a nutshell.

''Malcolm & Marie'' is a 2021 romantic drama film directed by Sam Levinson (''Film/AssassinationNation'', ''Series/{{Euphoria}}''). It was produced entirely during the 2020 UsefulNotes/COVID19Pandemic.

The film is about cocky, up-and-coming filmmaker Malcolm (Creator/JohnDavidWashington) and his morose younger girlfriend Marie (Creator/{{Zendaya}}), who have just returned home from a promising movie premiere. However, when the two begin to discuss Malcolm's film and the filmmaking industry at large, long-held tensions begin to boil over and threaten their relationship.

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!!Tropes in this episode:

* AgeGapRomance: Malcolm is older than Marie is (they met when she was 20 and he was implied to be in his late 20s or early 30s), which factors into the imbalance in their relationship (as being younger contributes to how superfluous and used Marie feels).
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The film was made in 2020 and is entirely black and white.
* MinimalistCast: Malcolm and Marie are the only characters.
* TheMuse: Deconstructed. Marie is Malcolm's muse, but she feels alienated from his work and hurt by how he uses her life story.
-->'''Marie:''' It's not just about you forgetting to thank me, Malcolm. It's about how you see me. And how you view my contribution, not just to this relationship, but to your work. Specifically in a movie you made about my life.
* NameAndName: The film is titled ''Malcolm & Marie'' after its only characters.
* RecoveredAddict: Marie used to be a drug addict but is now clean.
* SnubByOmission: Malcolm forgot to thank his girlfriend Marie during his speech, which hurt her feelings as (a) he thanked a long list of other people and (b) she believes herself to be the inspiration for his film.
* WriteWhatYouKnow: InUniverse, Malcolm's film about a young female drug addict trying to get clean strongly draws from his girlfriend Marie's story (among others), and she's upset with him for not involving her as much as he could have or crediting her properly afterwards.

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