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My Son the Fanatic

My Son the Fanatic (1997)

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67

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 2

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In a small city in the English midlands, a Pakistani immigrant named Parvez (Om Puri) works long hours driving a cab to provide modest comfort for his disapproving wife, Minoo (Gopi Desai), and better opportunities for his collegiate son, Farid (Akbar Kurtha). When Farid breaks off his engagement with the daughter of the city's white police commissioner, drops out of university and joins a cell of Islamic fundamentalists, Parvez must bide his time and hope that his son will come around to his

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Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Comedy

Hanif Kureishi

Jan 25, 2000

Miramax

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All Critics (48) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (6) | DVD (2)

Puri and Griffiths work beautifully together.

January 3, 2009 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Australian actress Rachel Griffiths is a knockout as Bettina (real name Sandra) the hooker who finds her own badly needed affection in Parvez.

July 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Powerful drama that takes cultural differences between family members seriously.

March 26, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

The drama vividly conveys how certain brands of religion drive families apart instead of bonding them together.

March 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

My Son the Fanatic, though sometimes funny, shows Kureishi deferring his human-bashing, and presenting an unsuspected warmth and lyricism.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It is so bland and unexciting that it is hard to tell what all the fuss is about.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for My Son the Fanatic

While the world was getting over excited about The Full Monty and mistaking it for what the late 90's England was really like, they were missing quality films like My Son the Fanatic. Gritty, low budget film making at its very best and with an original story to tell. It's one of the more original Anglo-Indian films made in the last thirty or so years that tackles subjects that people only really started to talk about ten years later rather than the usual cliches. Om Puri is one of the best actors working today and is criminally under-appreciated. A good story will always prevail, the performances and script are perfect, this is the sort of film that should be being made in the UK instead of just the American blockbusters and the likes of The Full Monty et al.
March 11, 2014
SirPant

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Why is this movie in the category of Comedy? It had some comedic moments borne out of real life situations, but it is far from a comedy. This film deals with some serious issues. Morality, religion, race, race "mixing," love, honor. It is really quite stirring. I rented this film to watch something light and funny and also because I adore Rachel Griffiths (who is wonderful in this film as she has beein in Me, Myself, I + Muriel's Wedding and, of course, Six Feet Under), but as another rater noted Om Puri is trulythe star. With a family in dissaray, love lost, a son who has become a fanatic in the teachings that he (the Father-Parvez [Om Puri]) turned away from as a child...there is chaos in this home. Rachel Griffiths plays the "Hooker with a heart of gold,"...not quite. Not your typical Julia Roberts Pretty woman prostitute-by this I mean a character who is more real. Who has real life problems and dreams and foibles. Parvez, With so many broken hearts and so many parts of a life and family to mend and protect...he had forgotten his own heart. Keep an open mind when you watch. It is a great film,...but it is not a Comedy.
July 17, 2007
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