Towelhead

Towelhead
Towelhead
  • R
  • 1h 56m
  • 2008
Rotten49%
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Set against the backdrop of the first Gulf War, Jasira, a 13 year-old Arab-American girl encounters various sexual situations, as she moves from living with her ill-tempered American mother to live with her strict Lebanese father in Houston, who is actually anti-Saddam, despite how he is perceived amongst his neighbors. Jasira's life becomes more tumultuous as she begins a sexual relationship with the racist father of the boy she baby-sits and an overly sexual African-American schoolmate. Her lack of knowledge of normality growing up in a dysfunctional family prevents her from understanding the abuse she is experiencing at first, until she slowly begins to grow up and realize what is occurring during a turbulent time in American society.
© 2007 Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Rotten49%
Critics Consensus: This story of politics, race and, sexual awakening has moments that pack a punch, but overall, Towelhead never quite achieves the nuance of helmer Alan Ball's television work.
Reviews
Chicago Reader
J. R. Jones
Rotten

As a director [Ball] amplifies the flaws in his own writing; his supporting characters are too bro...

June 21, 2017
Film.com
Jonathan F. Richards
Rotten

There is hardly a scene that does not produce exquisite discomfort and a strong desire to be somew...

June 21, 2017
At the Movies
Ben Lyons
Rotten

It wasn't enjoyable at any level.

June 21, 2017
At the Movies
Ben Mankiewicz
Fresh

This movie will challenge you on a number of levels, including some beliefs you'd never thought yo...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Racism and abuse sabotage teen's sexual awakening.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this disturbing movie is highly controversial by intent. The film's trailer sells it as a contemporary satire about an ethnically mixed culture, but the only humor comes from viewers' shock at seeing characters portrayed as ridiculously obtuse, cruel, and unaware. There are many scenes of intense psychological and sexual abuse. The victim is a 13-year-old girl who's dealing with her own budding sexual urges; throughout the film, she's at the mercy of predatory adults, dysfunctional parents, and race-baiting teens and kids. Scenes of masturbation, statutory rape, intercourse, and bare-breasted fantasies alternate with scenes of racial name-calling, dishonesty, jealousy, and heartlessness. In other words? Not for kids.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:September 12, 2008
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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