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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The female lead is borderline psychotic in her vengefulness and outwardly racist -- a nightmare portrayal of a driven career woman as predator. There may be some kind of ironic statement intended in that the white American woman embodies the all-consuming, homicidal rage over which Arab and Muslim men are accused. She tries to attribute her pathololgies to an especially twisted take on the public mood on September 11, 2001. Ashade, who never wanted any trouble, is driven to violence by her, despite his attempts to resist. Ironically, both are supposed to come from very religious backgrounds. In the end the viewer's judgments are on trial here.
Violence & Scariness
A man threatens a woman with a knife, and people are cut both accidentally and on purpose. Explosions kill people and a dog is cruelly slain, both just barely offscreen.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mostly talk, but that includes when the manipulative antiheroine challenges Ashade to have sex with her (dropping her pants while she's at it).
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The F-bomb dropped by an angry Ashade. The heroine disapproves of profanity, but uses the racist term "Jewboy" among others, and her rap-music TV show has as much obscene language as bling.
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Products & Purchases
Rap music and a fancy new SUV are part of the plot.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The heroine smokes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that characters in this movie work in the rap-music industry, and there are excerpts of profanity-laced music (and hints that the cynicism and negativity in rap has tainted their outlooks). There is talk of adultery and broken families, and the plot turns out to be a tricky sort of revenge-thriller, which defies traditional Hollywood morality views of good and evil (especially in the outcome). Justice is not served and may never be. There is an undercurrent of September 11, 2001, although the event is never even mentioned by name. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Though packaging makes it look like a "can't we all get along?" piece about New York City after 9/11, SORRY, HATERS is a tricky blend of genres. It's at once drama, thriller, and political-social commentary, never quite finding its feet in any one camp. But it's fast-paced, bracing, and watchable all the way to the especially startling finish. The script plays on negative expectations and stereotypes of two reviled minorities: Arab-Islamic men and American career women.
This film is definitely not a crowd-pleaser, leaving unanswered questions about Robin Wright Penn character's true motivations and values. What exactly is she getting out of her scheme? (The DVD commentary offers insight). Sorry, Haters packs a wallop in its portrait of people condemned by prejudices -- and the viewer's, since some of our assumptions about Philly turn out to be completely wrong as well. The lean, straight-ahead plotting should keep teen viewers watching.
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