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Sorry, Haters (2006)

Robin Wright , Abdellatif Kechiche , Jeff Stanzler  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robin Wright, Abdellatif Kechiche, Élodie Bouchez, Aasif Mandvi, Sandra Oh
  • Directors: Jeff Stanzler
  • Writers: Jeff Stanzler
  • Producers: Jeff Stanzler, Caroline Kaplan, Gary Winick, Jake Abraham, John Sloss
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Ifc
  • DVD Release Date: August 8, 2006
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000FZEU10
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #379,063 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sorry, Haters" on IMDb

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  • Commentary by director Jeff Stanzler
  • Round table discussion hosted by Tim Robbins

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Shot in 15 days, this provocative thriller set against the backdrop of post-9/11 New York City follows a TV executive as she gets involved in the life of a Muslim cab driver. After learning that the mans brother has been imprisoned for political reasons, she becomes determined to help free him. As the pair forms an unlikely friendship, shocking truths about their individual motives are revealed. Robin Wright Penn, Abdel Kechiche, Sandra Oh, and Josh Hamilton star. 87 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH), Spanish; audio commentary; interviews.

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be missed! February 20, 2007
This rollercoaster ride of a film was my #1 film when I saw it at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival, and if nothing else, it is certainly a film that made the biggest impact. When businesswoman Phoebe (Penn) hops into a cab driven by the Arabic Ashade (Kechiche) neither he nor the audience could possibly predict where this cab drive will lead. Along the way we meet Eloise (Bouchez), Ashade's sister-in-law, who is struggling to provide assistance to her husband, who was deported from the country after running afoul of the heightened post 9/11 security procedures at the airport. There is also Phyllis (Sandra Oh) Phoebe's co-worker, who is unaware of the drama unfolding around her.

Stanzler wrote SORRY, HATERS (the title comes from an MTV-like network's reality show) in response to the emotional impact of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 on ordinary residents of New York City. His screenplay is complex and surprising, but with much more depth than some of the twists and turns might suggest. The acting by Kechiche, Bouchez, and Oh is top-notch, but it's Robin Wright Penn who truly shines in SORRY, HATERS and her fearless, powerful performance will leave you breathless.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Completely Duped August 20, 2006
Unfortunately we don't see very much of Robin Wright Penn; she's like a rare vintage wine, and you savor what little you get. In a movie full of twists and turns, Penn has us going as a high-powered exec, then a lowly number-cruncher, followed by a psycho terrorist, then suddenly she is a vulnerable sweatheart on the verge of redemption, followed by a cold-blooded psychopath. Sybil cannot compete with Robin Wright Penn; and that is giving away too much. To enjoy the full effect of the movie, it is better to take it at face value and just follow along to be astounded by the depth of disturbance that 9/11 could create in one individual.

So we're five years on from 9/11 now. Big Hollywood is coming out with its exploitation flicks. Having seen none of the forthcoming productions, I will reserve judgement, but did Nick Cage really need to go there? What we have in "Sorry, Haters" is something far more personal and downstream, a really complex 9/11 ramification that somehow transmogrifies a victim into a victimizer. The film's final twist may have been unnecessary, but at least the writer/director was able to one-up a savvy audience and went places that you just could not see coming. The movie is helped considerably by excellent supporting roles, Abdellatif Kechiche and Sandrah Oh shine in a tightly scripted nail-biter.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I haven't been so disturbed by a character in a film, since Robert DeNiro played Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver. Robin Wright Penn is Phoebe, a woman traumatized by the events of 9/11. Ashade--played by Abdel Kechiche--is a devout Muslim man whose brother has been incarcerated by our government for suspicious activities.

We meet Ashade as he desperately tries to raise funds for a lawyer, in order to free his brother. His attraction to his brother's wife complicates matters, leaving him guilt-ridden and shameful. Events are set into motion when Phoebe, a woman on the brink, gets into his taxi.

The nuanced script, written and directed by Jeff Stanzler, builds tension perfectly as Ashade is drawn deeper into Phoebe's madness and escalating purpose. The helplessness of his situation is palpable. Penn's performance is pitch-perfect as Phoebe, a semi-psychotic woman, who is looking for a way to matter. She embodies Phoebe's restlessness, and need to be acknowledged, perfectly; alternating between normalcy, insanity, and curiously, kindness, beautifully. We are powerless as we watch Phoebe's ties to reality dissolve, tangling the desperate and gullible Ashade, further into her dysfunctional lies.

Penn's performance as Phoebe left me inexplicably anxious. Thought-provoking and disturbing, this film will haunt you long after the final credits.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, unpredictable and alarming March 14, 2007
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Great film, unpredictable and alarming
I love and own this movie but you may feel repulsed by Robin Wright Penn's character, Phoebe. This film is psychological drama. Miss Penn plays a highly disturbed single, jealous, manipulative individual living in New York City.

Penn's character hides these traits with a mousey, shy and indifferent demeanor. But wait, her personality is ever changing. From the beginning of the film you're trying to figure her character out along with an innocent taxi driver, played by Abdel Kechiche.

Some feel Robin's character became ill because of 911, I think she was already sick prior to the event and uses it to feed her psychosis. However you may interpret this movie you won't forget the alarming brutality of this film.

Robin Write Penn gives a riveting performance that sends you spinning with her changing personality.
Abdel Kechiche character, Ashade's life is victimized to the point of no return.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
All the verbiage about muslims and Americans and the whole decadent American culture vs. Good Muslims is really secondary which is actually quite surprising. You get the feeling that the movie was banking on the Muslim/American cultural clash in order to sell itself to a post-9/11 world but the heart of the story is classic femme fatale noir and it pretty much rises and falls on that basic story.

A cab driver picks up a really mean looking woman played by Robin Wright Penn. From the outset, you can tell that's something is wrong with her. She isn't smiling. She's making the cab driver go to New Jersey. She's giving the classic line about "I'll pay you the total of whatever you made last night" which Tom Cruise used in Collateral (Two-Disc Special Edition). Meanwhile the cab driver is presented as a good guy who prays regularly and works hard for his extended family.

The political stuff comes pretty hard when Robin Wright Penn invades the cab driver's home to drink wine and complain about how she's working for an MTV Reality Show called "Sorry, Haters" which features a lot of rich people being ugly rich. She wants him to pull a terrorist attack. He wants to get his brother out of jail and immigrate. She's all full of hatred for America and he's a goodhearted muslim who might have problems but he's basically patriotic even when the cops haul his sister-in-law away and impound his cab based on an anonymous tip from Penn.

However, the political material cannot sustain the story. The meat of the story is Robin Wright Penn trying to use the muslim cab driver to carry out her agenda and manipulating him all along the way. And here's where things start to go south.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting
This film lives up to its off beat title and cover. She is deeply disturbing character who is the kind of person you might think is insane and devious, and indeed, she really is. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Rohan
3.0 out of 5 stars sorry... didn't hate it but didn't like it either
Sorry, Haters is a really twisted take on the rocky relationship between the Americans and Muslims. Before writing my review let me state that I probably didn't get the movie... Read more
Published on February 26, 2012 by B. E Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, Haters will fully keep your attention, and more...
I was fascinated! And it didn't stop when "Sorry Haters" ended; it continued to the next day, as I kept re-thinking the scenes and the dialogues. Read more
Published on April 16, 2011 by Guy Tower
4.0 out of 5 stars "It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil...
A Muslim cab driver, who is taking care of his brother's wife and son while the brother is missing, gives a ride to a mysterious woman. Read more
Published on September 7, 2010 by Medusa
3.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, Philly; sorry, Ashade; sorry, Chelsea
A Syrian cab driver is trying to help his brother who has been rendered back to Syria by the CIA, where he will undoubtedly face torture. Read more
Published on May 8, 2010 by C. CRADDOCK
5.0 out of 5 stars Mrs. Penn is magnificent
This is one of the most frustrating films I'd seen in a long time. Poor Ashade (a wonderful Abdel Kechiche) is a cab driver who knows that the fare he'd picked up (Penn's Phoebe)... Read more
Published on July 14, 2009 by R. Gawlitta
2.0 out of 5 stars Far fetched.
The premise is brilliant, but poor executed.
Anyways, good acting by Robin Wright(Phoebe) as the crazy white lady. Can people be that evil? Read more
Published on December 24, 2008 by icujock
2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, indeed...
Inconsistant, but it does keep you riveted to your seat. Robin Wright Penn has her moments in this film, and those moments are pretty creepy. Read more
Published on April 2, 2008 by Steven Adam Renkovish
1.0 out of 5 stars A Sorry Mess
Phoebe (Robin Wright Penn), a divorced and detached staffer for a New York based, MTV style music video network, longs for the mood and feeling of 9/11--most especially for the way... Read more
Published on October 27, 2007 by Caesar M. Warrington
4.0 out of 5 stars Kelly Capwell, You ROCK
Haha, this is not a pleasant movie to sit through but it boggles my mind how the filmmaker captured a very important type of "New Yorker. Read more
Published on October 19, 2007 by Dwight
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