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Towelhead (2008)

Towelhead

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

September 26, 2008 (Wide)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

124 min.

Studio

Warner Independent Pictures

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Alan Ball

Producer

Alan Ball, Ted Hope

Screenwriter

Alan Ball

Starring

Story


"Towelhead" follows the dark, bold and shockingly funny life of Jasira, a 13-year-old Arab-American girl, as she navigates the confusing and frightening path of adolescence and her own sexual awakening.

When Jasira's mother sends her to Houston to live with her strict Lebanese father, she quickly learns that her new neighbors find her and her father a curiosity. Worse, her budding womanhood makes her traditional and hot-tempered father uncomfortable. Lonely in this new environment, Jasira seeks friendship and acceptance from her neighbors Mr. Vuoso, an Army reservist, and Melina, a meddling but caring expectant mother.

Thrown into an unfamiliar suburban world, Jasira must confront racism and hypocrisy at home and at school - and at the same time struggle to make sense of her raging hormones and newfound sexuality. Her boyfriend, Thomas, though a few years older, provides some comfort - but even that relationship causes problems when her father discovers that Thomas is black. Surrounded by adults who are just as lost as she is, Jasira yearns for understanding, even amidst often brutal acts.

Based on the critically acclaimed novel by Alicia Erian and written for the screen and directed by Alan Ball (Oscar winning writer of "American Beauty" and creator of "Six Feet Under"), "Towelhead" stars Aaron Eckhart, Toni Collette, Maria Bello, Peter Macdissi and newcomer Summer Bishil as Jasira.

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Maria Bello stars as Gail Monahan and Summer Bishil stars as Jasira Maroun in Warner Independent Pictures' Towelhead (2008). Photo Credit by Dale Robinette.
Peter Macdissi stars as Rifat Maroun in Warner Independent Pictures' Towelhead (2008). Photo Credit by Dale Robinette.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..brutally honest and edgily funny..”
by Carrie Rickey [Philadelphia Inquirer]
“..blackly funny..”
by Lou Lumenick [New York Post]
“..truly wonderful..”
by Zack Haddad [Film Threat]

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