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The Gods Must Be Crazy
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Gods Must Be Crazy is a charming '80s classic that reveals the follies of the modern world from the perspective of a native Kalahari bushman. There are several gunfights, including a political massacre when guerillas burst into a cabinet meeting and shoot wildly, but the violence has a slapstick quality to it that takes some of the edge off.
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What's the story?
A pilot absentmindedly drops an empty Coke bottle into the middle of the Kalahari desert, where it's retrieved by a primitive and isolated tribe of bushmen. They've never seen anything like it, and quickly find many helpful uses for this unusual object. But soon, they're fighting over it and one of them decides, for the good of the tribe, that he must take it to the edge of the world (otherwise known as civilization) and get rid of it. He's soon embroiled in a madcap adventure that includes a bumbling anthropologist (Marius Weyers), a new schoolteacher (Sandra Prinsloo), and an attempted coup perpetrated by a dangerous revolutionary.
Is it any good?
Summarizing THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY doesn't do justice to the film. The story contains so many disparate elements that putting them all into the same paragraph seems to make little sense. But the joy of this charming classic is that all the ingredients come together perfectly. The heart of the film is N!xau, who plays the bushman Xi, who displays a childlike sense of wonder and plenty of confusion when confronted with the ridiculous nature of civilization. Once he starts to get a grasp on things, he uses his deep understanding of the natural world to save the day.
The story will have adults and children laughing from start to finish. Even the gunfights have an element of slapstick that makes them seem more comic than dangerous, and ensuring that this is a film that really is good for the whole family.
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