Towelhead
Towelhead (2007)

Six Feet Under creator and American Beauty screenwriter Alan Ball makes his feature directorial debut with this screen adaptation of author Alicia Erian's controversial novel Towelhead. Jasira (Summer Bishil) is a 13-year-old… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 30, 2008
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49%
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58%



Critic Score: 49% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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.

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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies

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

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Towelhead isn't a movie, it's a loaded gun.

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Jonathan F. Richards
Film.com

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

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

It is certainly possible to make a transgressive movie about children in sexual jeopardy, and to do so in ways that realistically and intelligently depict the abuse while not revelling in it.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

The discomfort zones of a young girl cry for sympathetic toughness, not Ball's snickering at pubic hair and clammy suburbanites

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Ben Lyons
At the Movies

It wasn't enjoyable at any level.

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Tasha Robinson
Chicago Tribune

It's impossible to look away.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A philosophy of the appeal of innocence and perversion in a repressed world...

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A young Arab-American girl lives with her insensitive, racist father and grows to sexual awakening after she's raped by a neighbor. This is the feel-good… More
Cassandra Maples
How Can You Find Yourself if No One Can See You? Plot: A young Arab-American girl struggles with her sexual obsession, a bigoted Army reservist and her strict… More
William Dunmyer
Prolific screenwriter Alan Ball ("American Beauty," "Six Feet Under," "True Blood") has only tried his hand at direction a few… More
_kelly .King
Alan Ball writes (adapts) and directs. Powerful in capturing the awkward and tumultuous moments of sexual awakening and identity affirmation. Summer Bishil… More
Nicki Marie
Very dark for a comedy,(at least I assume it was intended to be a comedy). Kind of in some ways like a Todd Solondz film. Good but I think tied up a little… More
Dean McKenna
This is bruising stuff and unrelentingly uncomfortable, with a good deal of the screen time devoted to a 13-year-old Lebanese-American Jasira being pawed, made… More

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