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Rye Lane

By Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Charming British romcom has language, some sexual content.

Movie R 2023 82 minutes
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This British romcom is sure to go down as a modern classic. Rye Lane's director Raine Allen-Miller has managed to pay homage to the familiar tropes of the romantic comedy genre, yet crafted something that feels new and unique. Influences range from Richard Linklater's Before trilogy to When Harry Met Sally, with a sprinkling of Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing. But the film stands tall on its own feet, too. Those familiar with the area will relish seeing Peckham in all its glory, filmed with such an affectionate, warm eye. While others will enjoy exploring this vibrant part of London. The movie takes stylistic risks too. The framing and lens used takes a little while to get used to. But this only adds to film's character. Talking of which, the central characters Dom and Yas -- two names that now feel like they've belonged together forever -- are played superbly by Jonsson and Oparah. The two actors perfectly balance the comedic elements (of which there are many, this is laugh out loud on occasion) with the more poignant elements, straddling that tricky line in triumphant fashion. The way Dom smiles at Yas is everything. This film is everything.

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