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Towelhead

HD   R Closed Captioning

Alan Ball

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About the Movie

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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49%
  • Reviews Counted: 114
  • Fresh: 56
  • Rotten: 58
  • Average Rating: 5.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Summer Bishil turns in a gutsy, quietly riveting performance as Jasira. – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, Nov 5, 2008

Fresh: It's impossible to look away. – Tasha Robinson, Chicago Tribune, Oct 20, 2008

Rotten: As a director [Ball] amplifies the flaws in his own writing; his supporting characters are too broadly pitched to take seriously, and he tends to smack you in the face with the point of every scene. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: It's too much, too heavy-handed. Disturbing is one thing. Prurient is another. – Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

This Movie was so thought Provoking...

I LOVE this movie because it is just so deep. It is really uncomfortable to watch, but it is just a great movie experience. It is different than what you see from the trailer.

Good w/ Great Acting...

I think Aaron Eckhart does very good in this movie. It's not as good as Aaron's other movie the Dark Knight but it's worth watching to realize what's going on in the world today dealing with different cultures. I think Alan Ball did very good and the movie had a great screenplay. But the rating is right "disturbing sexual content" is right on it for this movie. But if you wanna see a good movie see Towelhead.

An Aweful Messed-Up Movie

This was an aweful movie. I saw it in theater and walked out half way through because it was so terrible. It was like being kicked in the soul. Save your time, money, and emotional energy on something worth seeing. What bothered me as much as the disturbing story was that these actors are actually experiencing these roles especially the young son in the film. Don't be mislead by the trailer, this is not a film like Little Miss Sunshine or Juno, it is seriously messed up.

Towelhead
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2008

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