Hideous Kinky (1998)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  13 January 1999 (France)
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Hideous Kinky is the story of two sisters (seven and five years old) traveling with their hippie mother from London to Morocco. They encounter many adventures, new experiences, and ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bella Riza ...
Carrie Mullan ...
Pierre Clémenti ...
Abigail Cruttenden ...
Ben Said
Sira Stampe ...
Sufi Sheikh
Mohcine Barmouni ...
Annouar Zrika ...
Mohamed Cherkaoui ...


Hideous Kinky is the story of two sisters (seven and five years old) traveling with their hippie mother from London to Morocco. They encounter many adventures, new experiences, and interesting culture as they tag along on their mother's search for freedom and love. It is told through the eyes of the youngest girl, and we learn her observations on life, Mum, and determined sister, Bea. Written by Jesse Payne <RUbabes@aol.com>

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Morocco 1972. It's not about escape, it's about discovery... See more »


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 January 1999 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A marokkói kaland  »

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Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£136,980 (UK) (5 February 1999)


$1,262,786 (USA) (13 August 1999)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title of the film and book comes from the only two words the two girls remember their mum's friend saying "Hideous" and "Kinky". Bea in particular uses the words in a game that the girls play which is similar to "tag" but if she shouts "Hideous Kinky" before her sister tags her she is free. See more »


Bea: It's because I flooded the bathroom and the ceiling fell in and the cats ran off, that's when she started talking about Marocco and the sufi's. Mom says a sufi doesn't ask who a sufi is... so what the hell is a sufi anyway?
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The Tortoise's Song
Arranged by Ishteeb Laggatri
Performed by Khalifa Ould Eide and Dimi Mint Abba
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Dramatically gutless, gorgeously photographed rambling travelogue with no goal or progression, no character development and an apparent terror of emotional confrontation.
21 March 2000 | by See all my reviews

Kate Winslet is almost director-proof. She, the girls who play her daughters and the photography are the best things about this meandering tale of an upper-middle class, twittish young mother dragging her two daughters around Morrocco in 1972. She apparently wants to find something spiritual, but is very half hearted in her search for it. Things do happen, but almost none of the potential character, spiritual or cultural conflict is interestingly explored -if at all. The punches are constantly pulled when it comes to emotional confrontation. A typical scene is where a Christian teacher tries to steal one of Kate's daughters. Kate confronts the woman, and we assume we will now see what our heroine is really made of. But no: the confrontation takes place behind a closed door! There are some nice moments and some very clunky ones.(Some of the kids' dialogue was especially woeful). However, it's hats off to the photography, which is utterly gorgeous.

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