Medicine for Melancholy
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Medicine for Melancholy
Fate (and alcohol) brings two people together in this independent romantic comedy-drama. Joanne (Tracey Heggins) and Micah (Wyatt Cenac) wake up together one morning after a drunken one-night stand, the result of attending a late-night party at the home of a mutual friend. It becomes clear they don't know each other very well and after sharing breakfast, Joanne isn't interested in getting to know Micah any better. However, when Micah discovers that Joanne has misplaced her wallet, he stops by her apartment to return it, and they end up spending the day together. Joanne and Micah… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The actors are effortlessly engaging."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Medicine for Melancholy reminds that much is possible with little."
‑ Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"This is not a bad film by any stretch of the imagination. But there's really not enough here to remain memorable."
‑ Bill Gibron, PopMatters
"A shoegazing arthouse romance marked by naturalistic performances and a commitment to the beauty, tenderness and on-tenterhooks hope of everyday reality..."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"Two African-Americans together in San Francisco for a weekend trying to take a one-night stand to a more intimate level."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Writer-director Barry Jenkins demonstrates a rare ability to communicate a state of mind through images."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"A hazy, nuanced and remarkably assured debut from filmmaker Barry Jenkins."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"[A] funny, lovely movie."
‑ Stan Hall, Oregonian
"A genuinely heartwarming, tender and wise slice-of-life that makes for a terrific, engrossing and refreshingly unpretentious date movie."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Concluding on a fittingly less-than-happy note, the promising but uneven film knows what it wants to say, if not, ultimately, exactly how to say it."
‑ Nick Schager, The Screengrab
"It's an unassuming little piffle that wafts away while you're watching it."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Smart, funny, and visually gorgeous, with the intimacy of a relationship drama and the resonance of a city portrait."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"It's pretty in all the wrong ways: pretty slight, pretty preachy and pretty affected."
‑ Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun
"The film weaves an intriguing commentary on race, class and personal identity, but the trick of minimalism is to hide ideas inside sparse scenes, and Jenkins is too often balancing over-stuffed conversations with undernourished carousel rides."
‑ Robert Davis, Paste Magazine
"This meandering two-hander about a black couple hanging out after a one-night stand has its points, but indie self-indulgence and sluggishness weigh it down."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
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