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Kinky (2018) – Summary, Review (with Spoilers)

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Point blank: There is little to nothing freaky about Kinky and it doesn’t compensate being a soft R with its characters or storyline.


Director(s)Jean Claude Lamarre
Screenplay ByJean Claude Lamarre
Date Released10/12/2018
Genre(s)Drama
Good If You LikeSeeing Robert Ri’chard’s Bare Chest
Isn’t For You If YouWere Expecting Something Downright Nasty In All The Best Ways
Noted Cast
JoyceDawn Richard
DarrinRobert Ri’chard
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Kinky Plot Summary

Joyce is a woman who is having a bit of a sexual awakening but with no man in her life, and toys not doing it, she is frustrated. That is until Darrin Bernard comes into her life and seems willing to explore her newfound interest in bondage. As well as become her man.

Collected Quote(s) or .Gifs

Simple things become complicated quickly.
— Darrin

Highlights

Black Professionals

Joyce (Dawn Richard) speaking with a colleague.
Joyce (Dawn Richard)

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While it isn’t made clear if every last face we see is a doctor or business person, you have to enjoy the representation.

Criticism

It’s Not Horrible, But It Is A Struggle To Get Through

You see how I weak that highlight is? One sentence for there is honestly not a huge amount of redeeming qualities here. First and foremost, Kinky ain’t that kinky. Joyce’s interest don’t go beyond handcuffs, being tied up, and maybe some whipping. I don’t know about you, but that isn’t kinky or freaky to me. It’s just not being boring. Then, when it comes to Darrin, it isn’t like he is bringing anything to the table besides his friend downstairs, and it’s not like he is trying to explore his sexuality. So there is one bust there.

But what makes things worse is nothing compensates for the lack of stimulating sex. Joyce, Darrin, and their friends and family aren’t interesting or funny. Granted, they are clearly written to be, but every character seems like they are from a bargain bin movie you have seen before. Making it so, on top of not being funny or having storylines you’d want to invest in, they all feel painstakingly generic. Pushing you to the point that either you’ll have to pause multiple time to make it through this movie, have someone who can provide hilarious commentary, or prep for accidentally taking a nap.

It Bogs Things Down A Bit By Making Joyce and Darrin Seem Legit

Lamarre puts a lot of effort into making sure Joyce is clearly a doctor who knows her stuff as she spouts a lot of medical terminology. Same goes with Darrin who speaks like someone who read one or two business magazines and is a con artist who works quickly on his feet. Now, in a way, I appreciate the effort for representation reasons. However, nothing they say or do in relation to their jobs helps the overall appeal of this film. All it does is show someone did some research on the fields Joyce and Darrin were in.  Which, in retrospect, makes you wish they also dedicated some time to researching kink beyond handcuffs and whips.

Kinky Overall: Negative (Acquired Taste)

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Darren (Robert Ri'chard) without a shirt on.
Darren (Robert Ri’chard)

This was rented off Amazon for a little over $3, and I’m petty enough to wish I could get my money back. Not that I didn’t know this film wasn’t well liked, but I figure it was because it was paying a Black tax and the people who watched and spoke about it previously were just bougie. However, while you can make it to the end of this film, I’d say it says more about your mental endurance than anything positive about this film.

Thus why this film is getting labeled an acquired taste. Can someone like this film? Of course. It’s just if you’ve seen better and know better, watching this feels like a step backwards. For with limited storylines, no real character development, basic sex, which has no kind of nudity – beyond a bare chest from Ri’Chard, and an ending which makes the film seem unfinished, Kinky is not something worth spending money on. At least for this film alone. Well, unless you are, or know someone, who is the type to crack jokes throughout a movie. Then you may get your money’s worth.

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Amari Allahhttps://wherever-i-look.com
I started Wherever I Look back in 2011 and from movies, TV, the occasional book, play, and Broadway show, have been trying to bridge the gap between a critic and an avid lover of various forms of media.

Review Summary

Black Professionals
80 %
It’s Not Horrible, But It Is A Struggle To Get Through
60 %
It Bogs Things Down A Bit By Making Joyce and Darrin Seem Legit
65 %

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