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Added by Joreth on 23 Oct 2010 12:39
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Polyamorous & Poly-ish Movies

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Fictional/entertainment-based movies with a polyamorous or ethical non-monogamy theme
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Documentaries & non-fiction movies about polyamory & ethical non-monogamy

Here is a list of movies with a poly or open/honest multiple-relationship theme somewhere in there but NOT movies about cheating (unless the cheating leads to a more honest relationship style).

For the full set of guidelines for which movies make it to the list and which ones don't, visit www.PolyishMovieReviews.com and check out the very first episode for Episode Criteria.

These are movies I have personally watched and verified for the appropriate criteria. There may be more movies that fit the criteria that I haven't seen. To make or see poly movie suggestions that I have not reviewed yet visit http://www.listal.com/list/polyish-movies-to-watch

Most of these movies can be found on Netflix and I have reviewed many of these (and some others that didn't make the cut) at my LiveJournal Movie Review.

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Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago at Oct 26 21:50
I would add Vicky Cristina Barcelona. I was very impressed with its portrayal of a successful triad. When the triad breaks up, it is not because of the instability of the relationship, but of the individual character's restlessness, and her exit destabilises the relationship of the remaining couple. I loved this movie.
Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago at Oct 27 1:08
I'm afraid I have to agree with your assessment of the movie (I'd forgotten that I've seen it). What I'm afraid of is people coming away from that movie with the message that poly people are only poly *because* they're inherently restless & "looking for something" so that all poly relationships are doomed to fail because only restless, instable people would be interested in polyamory in the first place.

However, the movie *does* fit the criteria for the list, so it should be included. It shows a working triad where everyone is happy, and the relationship didn't break up just because there were multiple people.
Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago at Oct 27 1:29
Movies recommended for me to watch from elsewhere:
Pourquoi pas! (Why Not!)
Posted: 5 years ago at Nov 3 2:14
Score (1974) might be a good one. I own it, but haven't watched it, yet.
Posted: 5 years ago at Nov 21 18:56
OK, I found the first half of The Score online. It's not poly at all. The swinger couple makes a bet about "scoring" and tries to seduce a catholic couple. They even explicitly say it's not about love, just winning - very predatory and calculating. Might be an interesting movie, but not poly.
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Posted: 4 years, 2 months ago at Sep 25 8:37
3, by Tom Tykwer. [Link removed - login to see]
Posted: 4 years, 2 months ago at Sep 26 16:18
Thanks! That movie is on my Poly Movies To Review list! Good to know there is a positive review for it!
Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago at Oct 4 11:59
I would add Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) by John Schlesinger, that is an amazing and poignant film which focuses on a polygamous relationship. It doesn't judge the polygamous relationship. However, it doesn't depict it in a positive light either.
Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago at Oct 4 16:23
Thanks for the recommendation! I've added it to my Poly Movies To Review list
Posted: 1 year, 5 months ago at Jun 13 12:50
Her (2013), I feel, is worth adding
Posted: 1 year, 3 months ago at Jul 30 17:14
Thanks, I'll add it to my list of movies to review!
Posted: 1 year, 1 month ago at Oct 12 2:58
There is not much romance in the picture, but there is a interesting friendship between Kris Kristopherson's and Chris Walken's character who both love the same woman. Also a discussion in which Kristopherson says loving two men is possible, "just inconvenient." And that is true at times;) It probably won't make this list, but its worth watching.
Posted: 9 months, 3 weeks ago at Feb 3 4:45
I suggest Coco Before Chanel. It is a great movie about adult relationships.

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