Naz & Maalik
Directed by Jay Dockendorf
Two closeted Muslim teens hawk goods across Brooklyn and struggle to come clean about their sexuality, as their secretive behavior leads them unknowingly into the cross-hairs of the War on Terror.
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★★★★ review by Emily Barton on Letterboxd
is it just me or does everyone watch the protagonists of films like "please protect my babies"
★★★★★ review by Chucho E. Quintero on Letterboxd
Very strong characters in a tiny, simple, harmless film. Curtiss Cook Jr is a revelation. I'm a sucker for "two characters hanging out" movies.
★★★½ review by Zā on Letterboxd
A film that relies on the multiple identities of the protagonists. Muslim, black, gay, lovers, sons, etc. It really mixes what each and every one of those in some way and it's definitely the strongest attribute of the film. Plot-wise, it's kind of the same as a lot of other gay male films, but the aforementioned attributes bring it to a much higher level than the others though.
★★★½ review by Haley Goetz on Letterboxd
You know, I thought it was alright. It certainly lagged in a lot of places narrative-wise, but I did think that the languid storytelling certainly worked its magic at points. The ending especially did it for me.
★★★½ review by amb on Letterboxd
In its best moments, this has a remarkable energy. Really any time Naz & Maalik are on screen together, this surges. It's a startlingly authentic feeling depiction of a friendship that might be something more. It's just a shame that it all comes to a grinding halt every time a family member or FBI agent pops up on screen with some drama to interrupt them.
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