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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Towelhead

Q: What’s the movie about?

A: Based on a book by Alicia Erian, Towelhead spins a humorous tale of a 13-year-old Arab-American girl's struggle with racism, sexual awakening, and statutory rape.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Summer Bishil, Peter Macdissi, Aaron Eckhart, Toni Collette, Maria Bello, Eugene Jones III, Matt Letscher, Chase Ellison, Gemmenne de la Pena, Lynn Collins

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketGo! Relatable, titillating and squirm inducing, this film has all the elements that make independent films worth making.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: Yes.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: It's moving, but not gut-wrenching, as it always stays light, even in the darkest of situations.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: You can bet on it. I don't personally believe in betting, but hey, it's your money.

Q: How is the Acting?

A: Watch out, Summer Bishil! Your private life is about to come to an end. Before long the tabloids will be stalking your house, just waiting for you to do something humiliating, so they can photograph it, and expose your deepest, darkest secrets to the world... The upside is you're about to become the next "It Girl."

Q: How is the Directing?

A: Alan Ball, in his feature directorial debut, perfectly captures even the most subtle and complex of emotions as they drift fleetingly across the actors' faces. And sometimes, even the editing is funny.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: You'll quickly be reminded of why Alan Ball won an Academy Award for American Beauty. Here, in another depiction of how hard it is for us humans to walk that ambiguous moral ground, the dialogue is always unexpected and the moments are consistently original. He gives credit to the book author, but just to be safe, I'd like to give both of them a hug.

Q: Is there anything else worth mentioning about the movie?

A: If you're squeamish about period blood, you may want to steer clear of this one. You'll be missing a great film. But that's what you get for being a big baby.

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I saw this movie at the landmark last night and I loved it. You are definitely right, Summer Bishil is amazing actress and beautiful and intelligent to boot, This will definitely be the new "it Girl".

Monique Elisabeth said...

I saw it at the landmark, too. I'll bet we were in the same screening!

cleop2008 said...

You're both insane, and in need of a good therapist. This is not only the worst film of the decade, it's one of the most vile, repulsive, unrealistic and embarrassing pieces of garbage ever to be projected onto a movie screen. No wonder it sat on the shelf for over a year. It should have stayed there. Alan Ball has not only destroyed his reputation as an award-winning screenwriter, he's proven once and for all that some people write, and some direct -- very few can do both. He's also ensured that he'll never direct another feature film again. At least we can only hope .