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February 08, 2009



I had the same kind of reaction to Pursuit of Happyness. I thought about it for weeks afterward. I didn't agree with all of the decisions his character made, but many of the scenes were either heartbreaking or funny. I don't know how much they kept to the real story, but the movie was definitely a thought-provoker.


We talked about this movie at my book group yesterday. The kids who played the main characters as young children were not actors, they were kid that were living in the slums. They were paid very little (in our terms anyhow, $5000 I think) that they would only receive if they went to school. The main male character noted that at the premiere in India, the young Latika girl came and spoke to him in English (he from England) and he was so pleased because it meant that she was actually going to school as they hoped.


I loved it too...even talked my daughter and her friend into seeing it with me...kind of a payback for all the Disney movies I took them to.

One of my favorite books of all time gives an incredible portrayal of India...A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. I first read it in 2001 and read it again in 2004. (I think the second time was for a book group...I don't usually read books a second time.)


I think I'm the only person in the world who hated this movie. I just couldn't get past all the upsetting stuff. I finally will admit to my husband (who loved it) that the movie itself was well done, but I just didn't enjoy watching it. If I could turn back time, I wouldn't go see it. I tear up just thinking about those poor little kids, and I want to kick his brother in the groin repeatedly. I felt sick for a few hours after leaving.

Not to say I only go for chick flicks, but I just can't stomach that much human suffering. That is the main reason I will never watch any Holocaust-related movies. I know that it happened, and I know that conditions in India really are that deplorable. But with a small child, I only get so many opportunities to see a movie, and I guess I'd rather not see one that is so upsetting!

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