The Taqwacores (2010)
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Critic Reviews for The Taqwacores
What this rough-around-the-edges but hugely likeable film lacks in budget it more than makes up for in energy, visual flair and, yes, punk spirit.
This earnest adaptation of Michael Muhammad Knight's novel is too busy processing events to fully understand them. But director Eyad Zahra is so enthusiastic that he wins us over anyway.
As a misfit-centric slap at religious conformity, the story's premise couldn't be more primed for trenchant social comedy, but screenwriter Knight and director Eyad Zahra opt for maintaining a thin veneer of tiresome obnoxiousness...
The shaky narrative style and broad characterizations undo its effectiveness, though the climactic concert sequence... will possess an undeniable fascination for wide-ranging music connoisseurs.
Why anybody should care about these people is the question of the week.
Audience Reviews for The Taqwacores
Intermittently interesting drama about a young Muslim engineering student who moves in with a group of fellow young Muslims who are part of an underground Islamic "punk" scene. Takes a look at the different brands and ideologies in modern Islam, but also suffers from a heavy-handed script and one-dimensional characters.
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