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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire Review


Slumdog Millionaire allows us into the life of Jamal, a young man who grew up in the slums of Mumbai, India. After losing his mother and growing up hustling with his brother in order to live in this crowded city, Jamal makes it to the set of the India's "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" He is not expected to do well, but when the show breaks and he is one question away from winning the grand prize, all does not go well for him.

No one can believe that Jamal, who grew up on the streets could answer these questions without cheating! After being tortured, Jamal is finally allowed to give his side of the story and recounts (we are treated to this in flashback form) the times in his life when he learned the answers to these questions.

I was excited to watch this movie before it won an Oscar, as it sounded like an interesting subject. I love the idea and can realistically believe that a child growing up like Jamal did could pick up these bits of information throughout his chaotic upbringing. Plus, I sympathized with his character, having lost his mom and been forced to rely on a brother who tended to be a jerk!

Although the story was great, I found myself getting bored. It became a little redundant at times and I was not glued to my seat.

Family Time Factor: The movie is rater R, although I think it would be suitable for ages 14 and up. It teaches about some of the culture of India and about the poverty of some of the people and the youth. It does have subtitles on portions, so, not all teens would enjoy it- more for the mature side. And for parents, it's not the best date movie, but is worth watching to expand your horizons.

MOTR Grade: B-

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