My Son the Fanatic Reviews

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Super Reviewer
July 17, 2007
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.
½ July 1, 2012
well-acted snapshot of immigrant integration against a backdrop of revived cultural pride to the point of fanaticism in the subsequent generation. it raises many questions about society, identity and ultimately compassion. griffiths & puri turn in convincing performances, as did a non-so-familiar younger skarsgard.
February 22, 2008
It was a decent movie. It was hard to understand the main guy most of the time, but it was easy to sympathize with his struggle. Losing his son to radical Islam and having a "dull" wife is hard on a man.
March 4, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011

(1997) My Son The Fanatic

Already East Indian descent of more than 25 years while driving a cab builds a rapport with prostitute( Rachael Griffith) and his rebellious son slowly becoming a fanatic!
Does a good job on how East Indians are sometimes treated when residing in another country! Showed some interesting things about what is happening in England such as how the cabbies make a little extra money while coinciding with an English brothel! At times the film dawdles too long on certain scenes!

2.5 out of 4

½ September 24, 2004
Best in Show: Rachel Griffiths
One for the future: Rachel Griffiths
Stand-out scene: Burning down the (whore) house
Brainer or no-brainer: Brainer
Stands up to one viewing or repeated?: Repeated
DVD commentary any good?: n/a

Adapted from author Hanif Kureishi's short story of the same name, this East-West culture clash movie is a pearl amongst swine where recent kitchen sink British dramas are concerned. Rachel Griffiths appeared in this the same year as My Best Friend's Wedding (and three years after her breakthrough with Muriel's Wedding), sharing the star billing with Om Puri (who has cornered the market somewhat in comedy Asians after his scene-stealing roles in The Parole Officer and East is East). Om is Parvez, a self-employed taxi driver with a desire for full integration into the British way of life. Griffiths is Bettina, the prostitute Parvez takes under his protective wing. Parvez greets Mr Schitz, a travelling German businessman at the airport (holding aloft, hilariously, a sign reading 'Mr Shits') and becomes his driver for the duration of his stay. Meanwhile, Parvez's son starts exhibiting signs of Muslim fanaticism and embarks on an all-out campaign to rid his local streets of prostitution. A tender drama with plenty of laughs along the way, this is a film with a lot going for it.
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