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I suppose that any movie with excessive violence and a passable soundtrack
can now officially qualify as 'great' in our society, so it should come as
no surprise that 'Gladiator' is critically renowned. Still, did we have to
witness a grinning seven year old boy being trampled ruthlessly by
horsemen? Did we have to hear the line "They tell me your son squealed like
a girl as he was nailed to the cross, and that your wife moaned like a whore
as she was ravaged over... and over... and over again?" Thank you, Ridley
It's sad that people are so casually able to dismiss stomach-churning moments such as these in the film...for what? For a supposed hero's hollow 'vengeance' that may or may not ever come to fruition? For Russell Crowe's rugged (cough) good looks? Whatever the reason, it's bad enough that the average audience continues to have such a fascination with 'bloodlust', but that gratuitous violence towards children (even though fictionalized) now passes as part of the overall entertainment package...what does that say about us as a society?
This movie was not just bad, it was an abomination that actually made "The
Stupids" starring Tom Arnold seem like a deep, worthwhile film in
comparison. Filled with just about every perversion imaginable, including a
father who's a closet pedophile and secretly lusts after his young son's
I've heard this movie called a 'black comedy', but there was nothing even remotely funny about it. Kids are used as props for running gags (or worse) throughout the film. Every person in this film is so completely selfish and devoid of depth that they make you long for the quiet dignity of Pauly Shore's characters. The plot line is ridiculous and offensive. Oh yes, and the ending has not one redeeming quality. But other than that...GREAT film!
In all seriousness, this stunningly horrible film is one that you should avoid at all costs. If you find yourself so desperate for entertainment that you're considering renting this movie, may I suggest that you take a trip to your local laundramat instead? There you will be able to watch clothes dry through little round glass windows, an endeavor that I promise you will be far more interesting and amusing than viewing "Happiness" ever could be.
This film was laughably bad. The adults in the film are all brutish
and the plot line was non-existent. Apparently, a kid is pulled out of
school to work for his father as a sheep herder, and suffers abuse at the
hands of the man (who, judging from the film, couldn't have had an IQ
higher than 3). The next thing you know, the kid is about 18 and is still
trying to figure out a way to run off. Horribly acted and, unlike movies
the same genre (Acla) this film was so pathetically scripted that you
couldn't even care about the characters. A complete and utter
If you're looking for a "Mystery Science Theater" type experience where you can sit around with some of your buds and laugh at a truly horrible movie, then 'Padre Padrone' is the one for you!
This was a terrible movie; the ending is grotesque and completely wrecked
the film. The sad part is that it had the potential to be special- Liam
Neesan was excellent, and Hugh O'Connor did a nice job for a little kid.
it's as if the director said, "Let's make sure we throw in an ending that
the audience WILL NOT accept, and then we can go home for the day."
Unless you watch movies in order to feel really unhappy, I'd avoid this one at all costs.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
WARNING: (contains spoilers)
And the point of making this movie was....?
I've never seen anything like it. An utterly grim, hopeless tale of a young boy sold into slavery by his own father (you read it right). This kid, who can't be more than 11 years old, goes off to work in the mines. Once there, he is continually propositioned for sex by adult workers, witnesses his new friends being beaten by the brutish boss, and earns a beating himself for falling asleep on overnight guard duty of soome sulfur. He runs away and returns home, where his mother ridicules him until his father shows up to claim him and bring him back (yes, another child beating takes place). He runs away again, is caught again, and thus we are forced to witness perhaps the most graphic, nauseating, stomach-turning case of child abuse ever shot on film, complete with realistic screams and cries. The movie ends with the kid returning to the mine completely devoid of hope, resigned to being a slave.
I can just see the director in the meeting with the movie's writers and producers before they shot this travesty. "Hey guys, let's shoot a film where we can put as much child abuse and exploitation in it as we can, and then throw the audience an ending that will make them want to vomit!" And apparently, the producers must have nodded and said, "Good, let's go with it!' because that's exactly what they did.
A truly wretched use of the cinema, and a film I wish I had never seen. Unless you somehow enjoy going to the movies to become deeply depressed, I'd suggest that you avoid this film at all costs.
John Thaw is a an excellent actor. I have to admit that I was impressed
his range in the role of a crusty old curmudgeon who reluctantly agrees
take in an evacuee from the streets of London (WWII time era).
That being said, the film is also excellent. A very moving story with a satisfying ending. Some of the characters are a little underdeveloped (the school teacher in particular), but none of them are essential to the plot. Basically, the story is about the old man and the boy, and the film needs little else.