Moonlight (2016) Wednesday, 08 April 2020

Moonlight (2016)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Drug use, coarse language, sex and violence.

  • The pitch:

    At some point you gotta decide for yourself who you gonna be.

  • Starring:

    Mahershala Ali, Alex R. Hibbert, Janelle Monáe, Naomie Harris, Jaden Piner, Ashton Sanders, Jharrel Jerome, Trevante Rhodes, André Holland

  • Directed by:

    Barry Jenkins

  • Running time:

    111 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), NR (UK), R (USA)


    A student is bullied throughout his childhood/teen years. He is punched, kicked, beaten, pursued, teased, pushed, wrestled to the ground, poked, shoulder-charged, arrested. A teen male is hit over the head with a chair. A woman is grabbed out her car. A man is  poked in the chest. Objects thrown at window (glass smashes). Yelling, arguing. Getting locked up, probation, in juvie mentioned. Blood/gore: Bloody faces, cuts, nose, mouth, clothing, bandage. Bruising, swelling. Funeral mentioned.


    A standing couple has sex at an outdoor table (rear view/no nudity). A man wipes ejaculate from his boxer shorts (wet dream implied), his hands (after orgasm). Masturbation, kissing, caressing (m-m). A teen youth describes receiving a blow job and sex from a teen girl. Boys compare penis sizes (no genitals seen), boy in bath. Shirtless man, shirtless boy, skimpy clothing, cleavage.


    Drug dealing. Smoking (crack, cigarettes, joints). Alcohol (beer, wine). A boy seeks refuge from bullies in a crack den. A woman deteriorates over the course of the film from drug addiction finally ending up in a drug and rehab centre. Rocks, selling drugs, gin, crackhead mama, blunt, wasted mom, trapping mentioned.


    F-word, n-word, s-words, a-words,. Slang for genitals. Name-calling (Nigga, black, funny, soft, wild, little, faggot, boy, b*tch, slick, crackhead, kunckleheads, liar, etc). Religious exclamations (who the hell?, good as hell, etc).


    Identity, masculinity, race, sexuality, poverty, rolemodels, bullying, trust, drugs, addiction, survival, abuse, neglect, social expectation, self-discovery, African American males, crime communities, cultural pressure, fragility, loneliness, repression, homophobia.


    Death of rolemodel (m). Drug-addicted parent. Brief strobing lights. Based on the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney.


    Ambitious, precise, compassionate, insightful, devastating, bold, operatic, significant, affectionate, concerned, vital, contemporary, beautiful, intimate, complex, nuanced, subtext-rich, resonant, universal, transformative, haunting, introspective, poignant, perceptive, exquisite, personal, mellow, startling, immersive, mesmerising, deep, tender, eye-opening, thrilling, necessary, devastating, relevant, astonishing, refreshing, moving, electrifying, stunning, powerful, lyrical, grounded. Outstanding/shining/heartbreaking/indelible/exceptional performances, fine cast, seductive/evocative/smooth lensing, superb/varied/lush music choices, fluid editing, challenges stereotypes, socially conscious, never preachy; a masterpiece.



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