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.
- Commentary by director Jeff Stanzler
- Round table discussion hosted by Tim Robbins
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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.
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.
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.
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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I saw this on Indie TV channel a while back and wow! what a thriller. I love Robin Wright, always have, and she gives an outstanding performance in this dark thriller. Read morePublished 10 months ago by storkslmia
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 morePublished on February 26, 2012 by Bryan
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 morePublished on April 16, 2011 by Guy Tower
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 morePublished on September 7, 2010 by Medusa
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 morePublished on May 8, 2010 by C. CRADDOCK
All the verbiage about muslims and Americans and the whole decadent American culture vs. Good Muslims is really secondary which is actually quite surprising. Read morePublished on November 2, 2009 by Tim Lieder
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 morePublished on July 14, 2009 by R. Gawlitta
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