My Beautiful Laundrette
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After the death of his wife and his subsequent descent into alcoholic near-agoraphobia, a crotchety Pakistani intellectual convinces his shady entrepreneur brother to provide work for his son in this multi-layered portrait of the immigrant experience in Great Britain. Young Londoner Omar (Gordon Warnecke) isn't sure what he wants out of life, but his uncle Nasser (Saeed Jaffrey) provides a corrupt, capitalist role model as Omar graduates from washing cars for the old crook to running his run-down laundromat. After a chance meeting with Johnny (Daniel Day-Lewis), an old school chum whose… More

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"It's Daniel Day Lewis, taut, intelligent, erotic, who is an emerging star."
‑ Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times
"This new British picture raises enough issues for a half-dozen more conventional movies. And though this approach makes for a structure that's a little shaky, the film somehow holds together."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"This seminal 1980s movie launched a plethora of now distinguished careers, including those of director Stephen Frears and Daniel Day-Lewis."
‑ Sue Heal, Radio Times
"[VIDEO ESSAY] "My Beautiful Launderette" is a milestone of British cinema."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Director Stephen Frears and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi have fashioned a wonderfully fresh examination of the political and racial climate of Margaret Thatcher's Britain."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Fast, bold, harsh and primitive like a prodigious student film with equal parts promise and threat."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"Director Stephen Frears and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi are better at depicting a new milieu than in making an important or innovative statement."
‑ Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune
"There isn't a performance in this film that is less than excellent."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"An intriguing tale about race, sexuality, and politics in the New London, splendidly played by Daniel day Lewis as the gay punk."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Unusual and quirky."
‑ Christopher Null,
"This is a uniquely plausible portrait of life in England, yet its appeal isn't limited to social realism -- it also has a twist of buoyant fantasy and romance"
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"As always, director Stephen Frears does a superb job of work when given a good script, and this is a very good script."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Expertly acted throughout, this remains a definitive snapshot of British life in the 1980s."
‑ , Film4
"When it works, it's a sophisticated and modestly ambitious attempt to cast a glance at a minority culture struggling to gain a foothold in a troubling time and place."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"A gritty and imaginative English film offering a grim portrait of societal disintegration during the 1980s in a country rife with racial tensions and a thriving underground economy."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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