The Intouchables—Racist or Cheesy?

I t’s grossed 300 million dollars world wide since it was released in November, and it opens in the US—New York and L.A.—tomorrow. It’s The Intouchables, a French bromance between a quadriplegic and his carer, Driss, played by the dashing Omar Sy. It’s a typical buddy movie but carries its fair share of racial baggage. As you’d expect, the house is divided.

Mostly film critics: it’s a cheesy movie with a racist subtext.

The Masses: well, the box office speaks for itself.

Salon‘s Andrew O’Hehir tries to look at both sides of the divide in this interesting piece:

It’s probably fair to summarize this movie as being the story of a paralyzed white man who needs the help of a younger, stronger, more virile black man to reconnect with his own masculinity, and if you want to say that narrative reflects an underlying latticework of racist attitudes, I won’t argue with you. Continue Reading:

But then watch the trailer and tell me you’re not going to see it when it comes to a theatre near you. It look pretty damn adorable.

TRAILER: The Intouchables

Tags: , , ,

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Teju Cole on the Disposability of Black Life #ThinkingFerguson

Three months ago, Nigerian author Teju Cole, wrote this New Yorker piece titled “Black Body: Rereading James Baldwin’s ‘Stranger in [...]

Video | Lovely Interview! | Adichie Knows Enough Igbo for Gossiping Not for Intellectual Conversations

Thanks to interviewers asking the same questions over and over again—Beyonce feature, Half of a Yellow Sun movie, race, and [...]

Who Will Decide the 2015 Winner of the Caine Prize? | Meet the New Judges

Who will decide the 2015 winner of the Caine Prize? The announcement was made last week in Nigeria during the [...]

“This Wondrous Never-seen Beforeness” | The Magic | By Onomarie Uriri | A Poem

They were drawn to the magic in her. The beautiful, awe-inspiringness of it. This wondrous never-seen beforeness She waved her [...]

Literary Things Invented by African Writers | Fagunwa’s Phantasia Novels

The sonnet may not have been invented in Africa, but our poets write beautiful sonnets everyday. Novels may not have [...]

The Initiation | by Eche Nduka | A Poem

i ENTRY: with your hands in your pockets, you walked into the room and the lights went off. “you’ve come [...]