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Jagame Thandhiram

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Indian gangster gains a conscience; violence, language.

Movie NR 2021 157 minutes
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At 157 minutes, Jagame Thandhiram is at least an hour too long. The story about a charming, greedy, murderous criminal who gains a conscience far too late meanders through relevant and irrelevant information and plot points. Throughout, there's a comic and irreverent undertone that feels more and more inappropriate as the plot develops, as if the movie is in some sense mocking itself at the same time that it's taking itself too seriously.

The narrative often feels naïve and simplistic. Characters change their minds and philosophies at the drop of a hat, problems are solved lickety-split, someone recovers from near-lethal wounds in an instant, and a looming political issue just goes away. People break into joyful Bollywood dance numbers that have nothing to do with moving the plot along, adding to the general draggy feeling. The plight of immigrants forced to leave homes in war-torn countries is also simplified to tear-jerking dramatic snippets, as if they explained everything. The end is utterly implausible and disappointing, but suggests a sequel may be in the works.

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