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Because I want to pile on Slumdog Millionaire, and because this person has a far more detailed perspective on it that I did, but mainly because this shit is so damn funny:

…the problem is when you show every hellish thing possible all happening to the same person. Then it stretches reason and believability and just looks like you are packing in every negative thing that Westerners perceive about India for the sake of “crowd pleasing”. Because audiences and jury members “feel good” when their pre-conceived notions are confirmed. On the flip side, nothing disquiets a viewer as much as when his/her prejudices are challenged. So Boyle does the safe thing.

Let’s say I made a movie about the US where an African-American boy born in the hood, has his mother sell him to a pedophile pop icon, after which he gets molested by a priest from his church, following which he gets tied up to the back of a truck and dragged on the road by KKK clansmen. Then he is arrested and sodomized by a policeman with a rod, after which he is attacked by a gang of illegal immigrants, and then uses these life experiences to win “Beauty and Geek”.

I would so much like to see that movie about America.

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One Comment

  1. Oh, how I would love to see that version of the movie. You should also read this interesting Slumdog article:

    http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Rant-Slumdog-Millionaire-Is-Not-A-Joyous-Celebration-Of-Indian-Culture-11514.html

    Also, sorry for being slow with my e-mail response. I’ve been busy, but will write back soon.


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