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Beatriz At Dinner
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Beatriz (Salma Hayek), an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico, has drawn on her innate kindness to build a career as a spiritual health practitioner in Los Angeles. Doug Strutt (John Lithgow) is a cutthroat, self-satisfied billionaire real estate developer. When these two opposites meet at a dinner party, their worlds collide and neither will ever be the same.
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What's clear amongst the outlandish amount of 1 star reviews is that a lot of people who came back to slam the film here either ARE like the John Lithgow character, or want to be like him, and got their underwear in a twist at the idea of being intellectually outwitted by someone they perceive as beneath them. You can be upset that this dark comedy "fooled" you, or that the dark ending confused you, but anyone who actually understands this excellent film sees right through your "discomfort."
No one who comes to this film should be under any illusion that this is like an Austin Powers or Bridesmaids-style comedy. The comedy comes from placing an irritant into a world that is far used to greased wheels than they should be, and that is the entire point of the film. It comes from the clashing of wildly different perspectives, and how Beatriz reacts to the wholly toxic nature of people who don't care about anything other than personal enrichment, revolutionary in its spirit and tone. This is the film that every worker wishes could be their own story of speaking out of turn to someone who holds their future in their fist like a crushed flower. It's not a surprise that this type of film would create a love it or hate it reaction, but it's entirely telling how desperate people are being in telling others to avoid this film like it's a plague, because the "plague" here seems to be the "truth." And we all know how people can't stand some truth in their life...
And just so it's clear to anyone who ever gave or will give this film 1 star and a 1 line review, so they could ruin this film's rating, I purchased it just so I could give you all a digital middle finger, and to support the making of more films JUST LIKE THIS. Enjoy your Faux News, haters.
i'm not surprised i loved this so much after learning the same person directed the Good Girl, another utterly devastating exploration of a female character.
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In fact, at the closing credits I was sad and shocked. It was thought provoking, tho