Parents' Guide to

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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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

Falling in love

Rye Lane makes you fall in love, regardless of who you are or where you are from. Set in South London, this is a vibrant, quirky film about the real meaning of love. We watch two people meet and fall in love, arguing their way thru a day of craziness as they both deal with facing their ex’s, and their own emotional baggage. They bond over true friendship, not Hollywood romance or from arousing neurotransmitters. ( eg. they don’t bond thru sex). The movie also makes you fall in love with South London and all it’s amazing colors, vendors, streets and culture. It deals with adult themes, and sex if often discussed. But both characters seem real and their relationship is witty and charming.

Is It Any Good?

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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. Others will enjoy exploring this vibrant part of London. The movie takes stylistic risks, too: The framing and lens used take a little while to get used to. But this only adds to the film's character. Talking of which, central characters Dom and Yas -- two names that will come to 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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