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Slum Dog Millionaire

Original post made by Sandra Ryan, Vineyard Hills, on Jan 30, 2009

Just a warning -- Slum Dog Millionaire is not the feel-good movie that the advertising leads you to believe. For those of us who are sensitive and faint of heart, especially when it involves violence to children, be prepared when you consider seeing the new award winning film. It is shockingly violent. There are imagines that will probably come back to mind for many years, just as the shower scene in Psycho brings up lasting memories for many. I was traumatized by the violence and did not sleep all night. A few couples walked out. I just want to share my story, so others will not be caught off guard.

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Posted by trekmtb
a resident of Heritage Oaks
on Jan 30, 2009 at 2:45 pm

Wow, I left the movie with the opposite impression. People didn't want to leave after the movie ended. There was a standing ovation.
It's a must see movie.

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Posted by Jorge
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Jan 30, 2009 at 8:11 pm

Great movie.

I would take my 11 and 13 year old kids.

It seemed like a PG movie to me.

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Posted by Pete
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 31, 2009 at 8:00 am

Faith,life shaping experiences,hope,sacrifice,love shaped this movie. Great movie.

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Posted by Yam
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 31, 2009 at 8:42 pm

Somebody needs to grow up. Any movie by Mel Gibson is a thousand times more violent. Slum - 5 STARS!

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Posted by PJ
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 1, 2009 at 12:09 am

The movie is rated R for some violence, disturbing images and language. Respectfully, I think that should have been your hint.

I liked the movie. Personally, I think every kid in the Bay Area who is 10 and over (and who has the stomach for it) should see it. The movie is fictional, the living conditions and brutality are not.

The film reminds us of what a great land we live in and what opportunities we enjoy. It also shows us what true poverty is on a world standard.

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Posted by Carlos Gutierrez
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 2, 2009 at 9:20 am

Thank you Sandra. I was on the fence about seeing this movie and now I think I'll pass. I don't like seeing children being hurt, or anything disturbing. I have been in this country for a long time, and I'm afraid I'm used to the "Mel Gidson violence"...but it is much different when there is a realism to a childs pain.

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Posted by judy
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Feb 2, 2009 at 1:47 pm

I really wanted to like this movie...I heard great things about it but I too found it hard to watch. All that I heard was that it was a love story and a "feel good" movie. Not! I was so upset to see these children being hurt. No where I am hearing about what we all should do about this poverty in India. Where is the outcry?

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Posted by Sara
a resident of another community
on Feb 2, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Maybe the author of this forum wants to continue to live in a bubble. Obviously.

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Posted by AVHS Dad
a resident of Stoneridge Park
on Mar 18, 2009 at 9:05 am

AVHS Dad is a registered user.


The R rating is justified, but Slumdog Millionare is everything a great movie should be. The most important thing to me is that it made me actually care about the characters. The violence was not gratuitous, but shockingly (no pun intended) realistic in both action and context that made it all the more horrific.

It's the best movie I've seen in a long time, and I see a LOT of movies!

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Jun 11, 2009 at 8:11 am offense, but you're completely wrong. Did you finish the movie? It's got probably the happiest ending I've ever seen!

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