The odious Margaret Thatcher and her crippling policies made sizable targets for many British filmmakers during the s and beyond, and few hit the bulls-eye as squarely as screenwriter Hanif Kureishi and director Stephen Frears with this indie hit. May 13, Rating: Of course, it must be parting from a generally uniform view of the social climate, but I would hate to suggest it reflects an entire society. View All Critic Reviews Don’t have an account? He’s constantly harassed by a group of skinheads, who can’t understand why Johnny -who is white- hangs out with him more than he does with them. Unfortunately, the often “stiff” delivery of that dialogue is a significant impediment. A general knowledge of the average, slightly fundamentalist Western man is enough to understand how realistic the attitudes of harassment towards Omar and Johnny are.

Souad Faress as Cherry, Salim’s Wife. Johnny as Daniel Day Lewis. Nominated for 1 Oscar. You yell at them for being so stupid sometimes, and you laugh with them on other occasions for being so clever. So if you’re not in for some critical thinking it’s better you don’t watch it. Then watch My Beautiful Launderette

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May 13, Rating: Dulice Leicier as Girl in Disco. British-born, half-Pakistani playwright and novelist Hanif Kureishi won an Oscar nomination for his screenplay for My Beautiful Laundrette, which was originally filmed for BBC television.

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Dec 4, Rating: Stephen Marcus as Moose. Nisha Kapur as Nasser’s Younger Daughter. To help his brother, Nasser gives Omar a job doing menial labor. It is not the best film I’ve ever seen, but one of the most involving Would that all socially relevant cinematic documents were also such good movies!

Besides being revelatory in its depiction of a gay relationship, its respectful, yet unfawning, look at immigrants trying to make it in a new country is straight out of the headlines. This is a uniquely plausible portrait of life in England, yet its appeal isn’t limited to social realism — it also has a twist of buoyant fantasy and romance.

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I have never understood MBL as a generalization of the Thatcher years, especially considering how specific the conditions of the characters are. A general knowledge of the average, slightly fundamentalist Western man is enough to understand how realistic the attitudes of harassment towards Omar and Johnny are.

Please enter your email address and we will email you a new password. Fast, bold, harsh and primitive like a prodigious student film with equal parts promise and threat. I wouldn’t recommend this movie to anyone other than film historians who care about its influence on ‘s British cinema beautifyl it sure ain’t enjoyable otherwise. Charu Bala Chokshi as Bilquis. How many times in the history of the medium have launvrette seen a single film rattle as many socio-cinematic paradigms-and done it with as much brio-as My Beautiful Beautfiul ?

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I think the biggest surprise about this film isn’t the gay relationship but the fact that this was nominated for Best Screenplay. The spectre of Johnny’s past, however, combines with Omar’s conflicted immigrant loyalties to threaten the sense of identity the young man has managed to stake out for himself.


The epicenter is Omar, the son of Pakistani emigrees. I’m a professional businessman not a professional Pakistani!

Chris Pitt as Kid. On the domestic front, Omar must balance his knowledge of Nasser’s long-running affair with posh Brit Rachel Shirley Ann Field with his own loyalty and attraction to Nasser’s westernized daughter, Tania Rita Wolf. However, that doesn’t make the story any less important.

So mmy you’re not in for some critical thinking it’s better you don’t watch it.

We’re surprised with a love scene between Johnny and Omar which is well-paced, erotic, and genuine. They overcome some of the obstacles, the frowning, and the pressure to take a more ‘normal’ path and split up, but when the film ends it is obvious the trouble is not over and never will be.

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Fortunately for that intent, the dialogue in the film is intelligently written note: Share this Rating Title: Much of the Pakistani Hussein family has settled in London, striving for the riches promised by Thatcherism. So not only are Johnny and Omar adrift and lacking a definite social circle, they are also romantically involved, which doesn’t incite much approval either. By creating an account, you agree to the Privacy Policy and the Terms and Policiesand to receive gilm from Rotten Tomatoes and Fandango.