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Praying with Anger (1992)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 15 September 1993 (USA)
An alienated, Americanized teenager of East Indian heritage is sent back to India where he discovers not only his roots but a lot about himself.

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Dev Raman
Mike Muthu ...
Sanjay
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Rupal Mohan (as Richa Ahuja)
Sushma Ahuja ...
Mrs. Mohan
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An alienated, Americanized teenager of East Indian heritage is sent back to India where he discovers not only his roots but a lot about himself.

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This was M. Night Shyamalan's first film. He funded, wrote, directed and produced it himself. See more »

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The Longest M. Night Cameo with No Twist
25 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

'Praying with Anger' is rarely seen semi-autobiographical debut by director M. Night Shyamalan. There is a rumor that after the success of 'The Sixth Sense' Shyamalan bought all the VHS copies of the film because he was embarrassed by it. Although the film didn't get exactly a wide release first place. 'Praying with Anger' has primarily shown at film festivals, and some second hand VHSs still circle around and occasionally it pops up in the internet.

This is not a movie to get out of your pants for. Maybe if you're a hardcore Shyamalan fan. I was personally clad to see the film because I'm interested in famous and renown directors' first works.

The story and pacing is uneven. It takes some time to build up any interest to continue watching it. Most scenes don't have the impact that filmmaker obviously wanted to have and they simply fall flat and cliché ridden. Mixed with occasional humor and little hints with supernatural and totally out of place awkwardly directed scenes (hey, let's just play some football with these kids over there). The acting is nothing special - not a single ultimately bad or masterfully good performance to point out. If becoming film director wouldn't have worked out for M. Night he could always play some Indian comic relief side character in some silly sitcom.

'Praying with Anger' is not very strong film, quite forgettable actually, and it's not strong even for debut, but it showed then that Shyamalan has some talent to become capable film director. No wow effect will be guaranteed, and look it up only if you're Shyamalan apologist or simply want to study acclaimed filmmakers' first efforts.


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